Children with mental health disorders and other disabilities may have difficulty regulating their emotions while at school.
Sometimes school staff may discipline a child who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) related to their mental health, behavioral disorders, or other disabilities. This discipline may include being sent home early from school, in-school or out-of-school suspension, or other consequences that align with the school district’s discipline policy.
There are some situations in which schools are required to continue to provide educational services for children with disabilities who are not allowed in school due to a violation of the districts discipline policy. When this occurs, parents and school staff need to hold a meeting called a manifestation determination to decide next steps.
- What is a manifestation determination meeting?
- When does a manifestation determination meeting need to be held?
- What relevant information should be reviewed by the school before deciding if my child’s behavior was a manifestation of their disability?
- What happens if the team determines the behavior is a manifestation of my child’s disability?
- Under what circumstances is my child not allowed to return to their classroom or school?
- What is an alternative education setting?
- What if I disagree with school staff about whether the behavior is a manifestation of my child’s disability?