Change of Placement - Educating Children with Disabilities

Change of Placement

When a student with a disability has been removed for more than ten days, whether or not the conduct was related to the disability, the school must keep providing services consistent with the IEP. If a child will be suspended for longer than 10 consecutive days, it is considered a change of placement. If the child's suspension makes 10 cumulative days in the school year, it may or may not be a change of placement, but there must be an evaluation of what FAPE services are needed. If the discipline is a change of placement, the school must do a manifestation determination to see if the conduct was a manifestation of the disability or of the school’s failure to implement the IEP. Also, the school must provide services in any interim alternative educational setting (IAES). Change of placement also applies under Section 504, but is not as well defined.


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