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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

: Intro > IEP/504/None > Discipline > ... > Manifestation Team > Manifestation of Disability >Involved Drugs or Alcohol Possession, Weapons or Serious Bodily Injury

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

a manifestation of his or her disability and the behavior involved drug* or alcohol possession (not use), weapons* or serious bodily injury*.

Note: If the behavior involved the use of drugs or alcohol or the behavior involved possession and the school can establish that your child is currently using drugs or alcohol, the protections of Section 504 do not apply and your child may be disciplined the same as a student without a disability.

Note: The district must provide alternative educational services to the extent a suspension or expulsion exceeds five consecutive school days. 1


School personnel may order a change in placement for your child to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting, as determined by your child’s 504 team. This change in placement would be for the same amount of time that a child without a disability would be subject to discipline.

Tip: If the school has not already done so, you should request the school conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)* and implement a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)* for your child. If a BIP has already been developed, the Section 504 team should review that plan and modify it, as necessary, to address the behavior so that it is less likely to happen again.

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