New Guidances Released for Disciplinary Actions in Schools

On July 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released new guidances designed to clarify the use of disciplinary practices in schools.  The guidances clarify that students with disabilities have legal rights and protections in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The guidances issued include, but are not limited to:

  • Section 504 legal requirements apply to contractors including school resource offices / police
  • Terminating the use of seclusion and restraint, which are not evidenced-based practices
  • What is considered an informal removal or shortened school day

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