SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, AND EMERGENCY EXCLUSION FOR STUDENTS UNDER SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973


SECTION VI     Suspension, Expulsion and Emergency Exclusion for 504 Students.

    A.    Definitions. 

            1.    Eligible Disabled Student. An eligible disabled student is any student between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) who has not 
                   graduated, and who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities or major
                   bodily functions, (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. 

            2.    Jurisdiction.

                    An eligible disabled student at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event may be disciplined for conduct which takes place on 
                    school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school to be used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven 
                    for a school purpose by a school employee or designee. 

    B.    Special Provision for Drugs and Alcohol.

        1.    Drug and Alcohol Addiction. All students who possess, use, or distribute illegal drugs or alcohol, including students who have a 
               disability solely by virtue of drug or alcohol addiction, will be subject to disciplinary proceedings, provided, however, that students 
               who, have a disability because of a drug or alcohol addiction and, in addition, have some other disabling condition, will receive certain 
               procedural safeguards. Students with a disability because of drug or alcohol addiction will not be excluded from school if they can 
               successfully participate in the educational program, comply with the rules, and if their behavior does not impede the performance of 
               other students, unless they present an immediate threat to the safety of themselves or others, in which case the District may promptly     
               adjust the placement of the student or suspend the student for up to ten (10) school days.

    C.    Suspension.

            Suspension is defined as exclusion from school for ten (10) school days or fewer. It may be for five (5) school days or fewer; or from six 
            (6) to ten (10) school days.

            1.     Short-Term Suspension

                    A suspension of five (5) school days or fewer shall follow the conditions and procedures for short-term suspension. Follow the 
                    instruction sheet and use the Millard Public Schools Notice of Short-Term Suspension, for Section 504 Students form.

            2.    Suspension Six to Ten School Days

                    A suspension of more than five (5) school days, but not more than ten (10) school days shall follow the conditions and procedures 
                    for long-term suspension. Follow the instruction sheet and use the Millard Public Schools Notice of Suspension, Six to Ten School 
                    Days, for  Section 504 Students form.

            3.    Disability Irrelevant

                    An eligible disabled student may be suspended from school for up to ten (10) school days even if the student's misconduct is caused 
                    by the student's disability.

            4.    Suspension Not a Change in Placement

                    A suspension of ten (10) school days or fewer at one time does not constitute a change in placement; however, if a student is         
                    suspended for ten (10) cumulative school days during the school year, then the Section 504 Team shall convene for each 
                    subsequent suspension to review and determine the appropriateness of the student's Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

    D.    Expulsion

            Expulsion is defined as exclusion from school for more than ten (10) school days at one time. An immediate determination of the 
            Section 504 Team must be made. Expulsion is deemed an immediate change in placement.

            1.    Section 504 Team Determination

                    Before a disabled student may be expelled from school, the student's Section 504 Team must convene to determine whether the 
                    student's conduct was caused by the student's disability. The Section 504 Team's determination will be based on current 
                    evaluation data.

            2.    Behavior Not Caused by Disability

                    If the Section 504 Team determines that the misconduct is not caused by the student's disability, then the student may be excluded
                    from school pursuant to the procedures set forth herein. 

            3.    Behavior Caused by Disability

                    If the Section 504 Team determines that the misconduct is caused by the student's disabling condition, then the student may not 
                    be excluded for more than ten (10) school days. The Section 504 Team will determine whether the student's current educational         
                    placement and related aids and services contained in the student's Section 504 Individual Services Plan are appropriate. If deemed 
                    inappropriate, changes to the Section 504 Individual Services Plan will be made and the parents informed of these changes. Any 
                    procedural mechanisms to be followed should be coordinated through the Director of Student Services.

            4.    Expulsion Procedures

                    When a disabled student is excluded from school for more than ten (10) school days, the student and the student's parents are 
                    entitled to Section 504's procedural rights, including an opportunity for the examination of records, an impartial hearing (with 
                    participation of parents and opportunity for counsel), and review by the Director of Student Services and a court of competent 
                    jurisdiction. In those cases where parents disagree with the determination regarding relatedness of the behavior to the disability, 
                    or with the subsequent placement and related aids and services decisions (in those cases where the behavior is determined to be 
                    caused by the disability), they may then request an informal conference or due process hearing. Follow the instruction sheet 
                    and use the forms for Expulsion for Section 504 students. 

    E.     Emergency Exclusion

            The same procedures as are set forth in Section IV (Emergency Exclusion) of this Manual are to be followed.

    F.    Informal Conference

            Parents and students of majority age may file with the school principal a written request for an informal conference to discuss suspension,             
            expulsion, or relatedness of disability. Within ten (10) school days of the receipt of the request, the principal will convene an informal 
            conference team consisting of the parents, school administrators, and the student's Section 504 Team to attempt to resolve any 
            disagreements. The following forms are to be used:

            1.    Notice of Section 504 Meeting; and

            2.    Record of Section 504 Team Meeting Regarding Student Subject to Disciplinary Action.

    G.    Procedures for Request for Formal Hearing

            1.    Parents' Written Request for Hearing

                    The student's parents must file a written request to the Director of Student Services for a formal hearing.

            2.    Notification of Hearing Date
    
                    If a formal hearing is requested, it must be held within twenty (20) days of the receipt of the written request, but must not be held 
                    without providing the principal and student's parents with at least five (5) school days prior notice.

    H.    Nature of the Hearing 

            The rules governing the hearing are contained in District Rule 5400.3. Simply put, the rules are an abbreviated form of the rules, which 
            govern a formal hearing for non-504 students outlined in Section VII of this Manual. Section VII may be followed by the Hearing 
            Examiner; as discussed below, the one difference would be that the Hearing Examiner's Report is to be submitted to the Director of 
            Student Services as opposed to the Superintendent.

    I.    Decision of the Hearing Officer

            1.    The decision of the hearing officer shall conform with the following:

                    a.    It shall be issued within ten (10) school days after the hearing. It will contain findings of fact, a recommendation of action(s) 
                           to be taken, and the reasons therefore. The decision will be based solely upon the evidence presented at the hearing.

                    b.    The decision will be reviewed by the Director of Student Services who may accept, change, or reject the recommendations 
                           of the hearing officer.

                   c.    Written notice of the decision and the Director of Student Services' determination shall be sent by registered or certified mail, or 
                          by personal delivery to the student's parents. 

            2.    Upon receipt of the written notice, the Director of Student Services' determination takes effect.


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