I represent children facing expulsion from school. Connecticut law allows schools to expel “any pupil in grades three to twelve, inclusive, whose conduct on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity is violative of a publicized policy of such board and is seriously disruptive of the educational process or endangers persons or property or whose conduct off school grounds is violative of such policy and is seriously disruptive of the educational process” Connecticut General Statutes § 10-233d. Expulsion can have serious consequences educationally and socially. If your child might be facing expulsion, contact an attorney as early as possible.
Children with disabilities are protected from expulsion that is based on behavior that is caused by or substantially related to their disability or the school’s failure to implement the child’s individualized education plan (IEP). When children with disabilities are facing expulsion, the school must conduct a manifestation determination review prior to moving forward with expulsion. Most importantly, if the conduct is caused by or substantially related to your child’s disability, the school cannot expel your child. For that reason, it is important to consult with an attorney as early as possible.
Representation may include:
- Advising you and your child of his/her rights;
- Representation in manifestation determination review meetings;
- Representation in related PPT or 504 meetings;
- Negotiation with your school district; and
- Representation in expulsion hearing.
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