COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 71
April 25, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Materials for "BEFORE YOU SUSPEND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES"

 
  In the near future, a packet of materials entitled BEFORE
  YOU SUSPEND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES will be sent to you. 
  This packet includes a videotape, checklist, and manuscript. 
  It is expected that your Director of Special Education will
  be particularly interested in the packet.

  Disciplining a student, especially a student with a
  disability, presents increasingly difficult legal
  challenges.  Consequently, school personnel must ensure that
  all required procedures are followed and that the rights of
  students and their parents are protected at all steps in the
  disciplinary process.  These materials are designed to
  assist personnel in this complicated task.

  The written materials are available in braille and the video
  tape is available in closed captioned upon request from Ms.
  Ossie Lawrence at (804) 225-2932.  Questions about this
  resource document may be referred to the technical
  assistance staff assigned to your region, or Chet Walrod,
  Specialist, Office of Special Education and Student Services
  at (804) 786-9775.

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