SSPS:Manifestation Determination

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Students who receive Exceptional Student Education services or for whom the school has prior knowledge of a suspected disability (e.g., open evaluation, scheduled in-school staffing, parent request for evaluation, etc.) shall be brought to a Manifestation Determination Meeting (MDM) under the following circumstances:


1. The student is removed from school for ten consecutive days as a result of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

2. The student receives a cumulative total of ten days of removal during a school year. This may include out-of-school suspensions, bus suspensions for students who receive specialized transportation services, or removal for partial days due to disciplinary reasons.

3. The student is subject to a pattern of removals. To determine if the removal is part of a pattern the team should consider factors such as whether or not the student’s behavior is substantially similar to the behavior that resulted in the previous removals, the length of each removal, the total amount of time the student has been removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another.