Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
The Dear Colleague Letter reminds public elementary and secondary disability-based behavior; schools of their obligations under a Federal disability civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 disciplinary policies for students (Section 504), to provide the services, supports, interventions, strategies, and modifications to policies students with disabilities need to address any disability-requirements in a nondiscriminatory based behavior, including behavior that could lead to manner.discipline. The guidance explains that when schools do discipline students with disabilities, they must do so in a nondiscriminatory manner.
For more information:
U. S. Department of Education Fact Sheet
Watch a video summary of the Dear Colleague letter by Megan Whittaker, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights