1. Disciplining Students with Disabilities: Rules for Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans - On Demand

Disciplining Students with Disabilities: Rules for Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans - On Demand

Disciplining Students with Disabilities: Rules for Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans
Event ID: 69142OD
Session ID: 16184

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Joanne Butler, partner, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, district legal counsel, principals, department heads, superintendents
Best For: K-12

As administrators know all too well, student discipline is both critical and complicated. Each situation demands a thoughtful, individual review, and consequences must be designed to not simply punish students, but also prevent recurrence. The school's conduct code must be applied consistently, but with attention and sensitivity to the particular child and event.

These challenges multiply exponentially when a special education student is involved, either as a victim or perpetrator. Both teachers and administrators are often frustrated, concluding that the law bars them from disciplining students with IEPs and Section 504 plans. Some educators are altogether unaware of the relevant statutes and others are confused about the steps to take in disciplining a student with special needs.

Please join Joanne Butler as she explains in clear and easy-to-understand terms the process of disciplining students with disabilities, and what to do when you can't.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • A general overview of the laws and statutes relating to student discipline for children with disabilities or suspected disabilities.
  • Understanding the rules relating to students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans.
  • The discipline process from start to finish.
  • Common difficulties: timelines, manifestation determinations, functional behavior analyses and behavior intervention plans.
  • Hot topics and FAQ: sample scenarios.
  • What to do when you cannot discipline.



Your conference leader for “Disciplining Students with Disabilities: Rules for Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans” is Joanne Butler. Joanne is a partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP and represents numerous boards of education as general or special counsel. In addition to providing daily counsel to her school district clients, Ms. Butler conducts in-service training at all levels and represents her clients in investigations and litigation before the Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state and federal courts. A co-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Ms. Butler also offers employment counseling to private employers.

Ms. Butler frequently shares her knowledge and experience in the areas of school law and labor and employment law through lectures and in-service training on various education and employment issues. Topics have included harassment/intimidation/bullying; student discipline; expulsion and alternative education; residency issues; student records; student surveys; Individualized Education Program (IEP) preparation; special education; avoiding/surviving due process; Section 504; New Jersey Family Leave and Federal Family and Medical Leave; sexual harassment; search and seizure; technology on and off school grounds; and school safety concerns.

Prior to joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP in 1996, Ms. Butler was a partner with the West Orange firm of Young, Dimiero & Sayovitz. Early in her law career, she served her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.


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