Note: The information in this list and others in this section regarding educational laws and policies are meant as a general guide for parents and educators. Check and clarify with experts from your local and state education agencies.
IDEA addresses the disciplinary action schools are allowed to take when a child with disabilities violates a local code of student conduct. There are protections for students with disabilities when certain criteria are met under the law. Because students with ADHD often have behavior difficulties resulting in disciplinary action, such as school suspensions, it is important for parents and school personnel to be aware of and understand this section of the law.
This list is a summary of what is current regarding IDEA's regulations on discipline. It is highly recommended to read more in depth information directly from the law in Part B of IDEA from §§300.530 through 300.536, and in sources such as those listed in the “Sources and Resources” section of this list. Also, because codes of conduct vary, parents should be familiar with policies of their child's school district with regard to codes of conduct and consequences for breaking them.
Note: The law refers to school districts as local education agencies (LEA). Schools, school districts, and LEAs are terms used interchangeably in this book.
The following applies to children with disabilities: