Suspension plans for special education students

When a special education student is suspended for more than 10 days, the suspending school must develop a suspension plan. The plan provides the student and the staff at the suspension site with a description of the special education supports and services the student will receive during his or her suspension term. The student's service level, intensity, and frequency may be different than services indicated on the student's current Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Suspension plans are written by the school's IEP team. While making the suspension plan, the team must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Review the student's IEP, including the goals and instructional levels.
  • Consider that related services are services that a student requires in order to benefit from his or her educational program.
  • Consider that most suspension sites provide counseling for all students.
  • Consider the length of the student's suspension term.
  • Consider the suspension site environment to determine if IEP-mandated paraprofessionals are appropriate for the student while serving a suspension term.

The suspension site is responsible for implementing the suspension plan fully and immediately upon the student's arrival. While staff must review the student's current IEP for information regarding testing accommodations and other alerts, the suspension plan is the document that must be fully implemented.

Transportation During Suspension

All students will continue to be transported to their suspension site in the same manner they were transported to their home school site, subject to the following exceptions:

  • Students who walk to school and will now attend a suspension site to which they are unable to walk because of the distance from their home will receive a Metrocard.
  • Students who travel by public transportation to school, but whose cognitive and/or emotional condition present extenuating circumstances given the travel distance to a suspension site may receive yellow bus transportation.

The IEP team must consider the student's disability-related issue, the length of time, and/or distance between the student's home and the suspension site and make a transportation request.