Discipline Procedures for Students with Disabilities

Discipline procedures for a student with a disability follows the same guidelines and standards as a non-disabled student. Thomasville City Schools may suspend any student for certain violations of the student code of conduct.  A student with a disability who is removed from their current placement for more than 10 school days must continue to receive educational services. This is to allow him/her to continue to participate in the general education curriculum in another setting, continue to progress toward meeting goals outlined in his/her IEP; AND receive; as appropriate, a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), and behavioral intervention services with modifications that are designed to address the behavior violation.  
After 10 school days of suspension, the child’s IEP team, must determine whether the student’s misconduct is a manifestation of the disability. A removal from current placement is generally termed an out-of-school suspension (OSS), in-school suspension (ISS) if special educational services are not provided, or a removal from the bus if transportation is a related service on your child’s IEP.
While Thomasville City Schools serves the majority of long-term suspended students in a school based setting (Bulldog Academy), some students have such unique or intense needs that the IEP team makes a recommendation for home/hospital services. In cases where this is found appropriate, the hours/locations of service are based on the needs of the individual student. Every 30 days, a review of services is conducted to determine if the home/hospital setting continues to be appropriate to meet the student’s needs. 
If you have questions regarding discipline procedures please call the Exceptional Children's Department at 336-474-4200