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School Discipline of Minnesota Students with Disabilities - Parent Information

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My Child Is on a Section 504 Plan

The manifestation team determined that my child's behavior was:

not a manifestation of his or her disability and the behavior involved drugs or alcohol*.

Response:

The school district may suspend or expel your child just as it would a student without a disability. However, the district must provide alternative educational services to the extent a suspension or expulsion exceeds five consecutive school days.1

If the behavior involved a firearm, a school board must expel your child for a period of at least one year, although the school board may modify this one-year expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.2

TIP: If the discipline is an expulsion, the school must offer your child an appropriate alternative educational placement* before beginning expulsion proceedings.3 You may choose to accept the alternative placement instead of going forward with the expulsion proceedings. It is always a good idea to visit the proposed placement before making a decision.

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