Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) plans for special education students
When a special education student is suspended for more than 10 days, the CSE must develop a FAPE plan. The plan provides the student and the staff at the suspension site with a description of the special education supports and services the student will receive during his or her suspension term. The student's service level, intensity, and frequency may be different than services indicated on the student's current Individualized Education Program (IEP).
FAPE plans are written by the CSE. While making the FAPE plan, the CSE must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Review the student's IEP, including the goals and instructional levels.
- Consider that related services are services that a student requires in order to benefit from his or her educational program.
- Consider that most suspension sites provide counseling for all students.
- Consider the length of the student's suspension term.
- Consider the suspension site environment to determine if IEP-mandated paraprofessionals are appropriate for the student while serving a suspension term.
All students will continue to be transported to their suspension site in the same manner they were transported to their home school site.
The suspension site is responsible for implementing the suspension plan fully and immediately upon the student's arrival. While staff must review the student's current IEP for information regarding testing accommodations and other alerts, the suspension plan is the document that must be fully implemented.