More parents are contacting me about out-of-school suspensions for students with behaviors related to the disability. The most frequent disability mentioned is “autism spectrum”.
Many districts believe, in error, that these students can be suspended up to ten days on a whim. Although state regulations allow for such consideration, it is not necessarily compliant with the district’s duty to provide a free education, nor how people with disabilities are to be treated by public entities. Yes, school boards have been known to make policy that is not consistent and state and federal law.
A strong advocate can make a huge difference in the relationship a parent has with a public school district. Many parents have told me that the school now respects them and no longer manipulates them. There are several approaches parents can use to take control!
Don’t be bamboozled! Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress. Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed. Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction. Time is your enemy.
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