Removal to an Interim Alternative Educational Setting by School District
(a)“Drug” means illegal drug or controlled substance but does not include a substance that is legally possessed or used under the supervision of a licensed health-care professional or otherwise legally possessed. It does not include alcohol or tobacco.
(b)“Drug violation” means the use, possession, sale or solicitation of drugs at school or a school function.
(c)“Serious bodily injury” means bodily injury, which involves substantial risk of death; extreme physical pain; protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty.
(d)“Weapon” means a weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for, or is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, except that it does not include a pocket knife with a blade of less than 2 1⁄2 inches in length.
(e)“Weapon violation” means carrying a weapon to school or to a school function or acquiring a weapon at school.
(2)School districts may remove a child with disabilities from their current educational placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for the same amount of time that a child without a disability would be subject to discipline, but for not more than 45 school days in a school year without regard to whether the behavior is determined to be a manifestation of the child’s disability for:
(a)A drug or weapon violation as defined in subsection (1); or
(b)If the child has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school premises, or at a school function under the jurisdiction of the Department or a school district.
(3)A removal for a drug or weapon violation, or for inflicting serious bodily injury, is considered a change in placement.
(4)School personnel may consider any unique circumstances on a case-by-case basis when determining whether to order a removal under subsection (2) for a child with a disability who violates a code of conduct.
(5)For removals described in subsection (2) of this rule, school districts must:
(a)On the date on which the decision is made to remove the student under subsection (2), notify the parents of that decision and provide the parents with notice of procedural safeguards under OAR 581-015-2315 (Notice of Procedural Safeguards);
(b)Provide the services to the student in an interim alternative educational setting, determined by the IEP team, in accordance with OAR 581-015-2435 (Requirements of an Interim Alternative Educational Setting);
(c)Within 10 school days of any decision to remove a child under subsection (2), determine whether the child’s behavior is a manifestation of the child’s disability in accordance with OAR 581-015-2420 (Manifestation Determination); and
(d)Provide, as appropriate, a functional behavioral assessment, and behavior intervention services and modifications that are designed to address the behavior violation so that it does not recur.
(6)Placement pending due process hearing. If a parent requests a due process hearing because of a disagreement with the manifestation determination, removal to the interim alternative educational setting, or any decision about placement related to a disciplinary removal under section (2) of this rule, the child remains in the interim alternative educational setting pending the decision of the administrative law judge under OAR 581-015-2445 (Expedited Due Process Hearings), or until the end of the removal under section (2), whichever occurs first, unless the parent and school district agree otherwise.
Rule 581-015-2425 — Removal to an Interim Alternative Educational Setting by School District,