TWO Upcoming Webinars: Disciplinary Protection for Students with Disabilities

Students are required to follow school rules, but they also have certain rights under the law to be treated fairly. If a student breaks a rule, state law limits the ways the student may be disciplined.


In addition, students who receive special education services have further protections under state and federal laws that guarantee their right to receive a free appropriate public education.


If a student is going to be removed from their placement for 10+ days, then the district needs to determine if the behavior is disability related or if it was the result of the IEP not being followed.


These two upcoming webinars can help you better understand disciplinary removals and how to navigate the Manifestation Determination Review.


RSVP today to join Special Education Mediation Services and Michigan Alliance for Families on Tuesday, March 1 for Counting the Days and/or Tuesday, March 8 for Manifestation Determination Review: Navigation the Process.


Counting the Days:

Understanding Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities

with Special Education Mediation Services

Tuesday, March 1

12:00pm – 1:00pm


Suspensions are part of all schools’ Code of Conduct consequences. Students with disabilities have additional protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that change the way suspension days should be counted.

• What counts as a removal? Full day? 1 hour? Bus suspension?

• When does a removal equal a change in placement?

• When is an MDR needed?

• What is the difference between a pattern of removals and a pattern of behavior?

• How does remote learning impact student discipline?


Registration required:


Manifestation Determination Review:

Navigating the Process

with Special Education Mediation Services

Tuesday, March 8

12:00pm – 1:00pm


Students with disabilities are provided additional protection when faced with discipline that will change their educational placement. The Manifestation Determination Review meeting is an important part of that protection. This session will explain the MDR process and provide information to help you prepare for an MDR meeting


Registration required:



Who should attend? Families with a child or young adult with disabilities or learning challenges, school staff, other community members


If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know two weeks before the workshop.