Section 504 provides eligible students who are being recommended for long term suspension or who have a series of short team suspensions which result in a change in placement, a process to determine if their suspensions are directly related to their impairment must be completed.
A change in placement occurs if a student identified as 504 is removed for more than 10 consecutive school days and/or the series of removals that exceeds 10 cumulative school days that constitute a pattern.
Pattern is determined by examining:
Before an identified 504 student can be suspended for more than ten days (cumulative or consecutive OSS), a team with knowledge of the child must meet to determine whether behaviors resulting in suspension are related to the child’s impairment through the Manifestation Determination Review process.
- the series of removals total more than ten school days in a school year; and
- the student’s behavior is substantially similar to the student’s behavior in previous incidents that resulted in the series of removals; and
- or such additional factors as the length of each removal, total amount of time the child has been removed and the proximity of the removals to one another.