The following procedure is intended to give guidance to district personnel when disciplining
students with disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. However,
this procedure is not intended to replace adequate training and the guidance of the district’s 504
coordinator. The district’s 504 coordinator or designee must be notified when a student with
disabilities is suspended from school or school services. Current law will govern and may
supercede this procedure.
Students with disabilities may also qualify for special education services. Special education
students must be disciplined in accordance with state and federal law, as outlined in JGE-AP1.
Suspension -- Removal of a student receiving accommodations under Section 504 from the
student’s current placement or to another educational setting that is not contemplated by a student’s
504 plan. In-school suspension is not a “suspension” under this procedure unless the student is
not receiving the necessary accommodations while in that setting.
Suspension for Ten (10) School Days or Fewer
1. The principal suspends the student for up to ten (10) school days in accordance with the
discipline code, and the parents are notified.
2. The student is not entitled to educational services during the suspension unless those
services are offered to students without disabilities during a suspension.
Suspension for More than Ten (10) School Days
1. The principal suspends the student for ten (10) school days in accordance with the
discipline code, recommends a longer suspension to the superintendent and notifies the
504 coordinator and the parents.
2. If the superintendent determines that a longer suspension is warranted, the superintendent
notifies the 504 coordinator.
3. A multidisciplinary team meets to determine whether the behavior is a manifestation of the
student’s disability and forwards the results of that determination to the superintendent.
This meeting will be held during the period of the ten-day suspension imposed by the
If the multidisciplinary team determines that the behavior is a manifestation of the student's
disability, the student will not be suspended beyond ten (10) school days and the team will
consider whether additional accommodations are necessary.
4. If the behavior that resulted in the suspension is not a manifestation of the student's
disability, the superintendent will assign additional suspension time as he or she determines
is appropriate and notify the parents of their rights to appeal to the Board. The student is
not entitled to receive educational services during the suspension unless those services are
offered to students without disabilities.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in
this administrative area.
Jefferson City School District, Jefferson City, Missouri
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