Some building principals insist the parent travel up to the school for “meeting” before the IEP student is allowed to return to school following a suspension. In many situations it is not clear if this is a formal district policy that mandates such a meeting nor what the agenda might be. In my opinion, this is more of a way to torment the parent than to manage an IEP child’s behaviors.
Often parents don’t receive paperwork in a timely manner related to assigned suspensions thus the parent is unaware of the expectations surrounding the process.
Spring is the time of year when many students with disabilities are arbitrarily suspended, sometimes as long as ten days, since some districts believe that is allowable. Students who have behaviors that may be worthy of suspensions need to have a behavior plan in the IEP document. Behavior plans usually indicate appropriate management of the student’s behaviors.
Suspensions are serious matters and may be avoided with an appropriate behavior plan(s).
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