If your child faces school discipline, it’s helpful to understand the overall process.
When kids get in trouble at school, the first person they see is often the principal or assistant principal. If the discipline is serious, you will probably be called in for a meeting. At the meeting, it’s important to ask what rule your child is accused of breaking.
If you disagree with the school’s decision, you can appeal it. Typically, you’d contact the superintendent or the school board. There would be a hearing where you would make your case.
At the same time, if your child has an IEP or a 504 plan, you’re also working with the IEP team. You can challenge placement. You can also challenge a manifestation determination. If time is critical, you can ask for an expedited hearing, which is a sped-up process.
If you run into a disciplinary issue, many experts recommend talking to a
lawyer or advocate