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72-3436. School district knowledge that child is child with disability prior to determination, when deemed; subjection of child to disciplinary action, when; evaluation and placement of child. (a) A child who has not been determined to be eligible for special education and related services under this act and who has engaged in behavior that violated any rule or code of conduct of the school district may assert any of the protections provided for in this act if the school district had knowledge, as determined in accordance with this section, that the child was a child with a disability before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred.

(b) A school district shall be deemed to have knowledge that a child is a child with a disability if before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred:

(1) The parent of the child has expressed concern, in writing, to supervisory or administrative personnel of the appropriate educational agency or to a teacher of the child, that the child is in need of special education and related services;

(2) the parent of the child previously has requested an evaluation of the child; or

(3) the teacher of the child, or other personnel of the school district, previously has expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated by the child directly to the director of special education of such school district or to other supervisory personnel of the district.

(c) A school district shall not be deemed to have knowledge that a child is a child with a disability if the parent of the child has not allowed an evaluation of the child or has refused services under this law, or the child has been evaluated but it was determined that the child was not a child with a disability.

(d) (1) Subject to provision (2) of this subsection, if a school district does not have knowledge that a child is a child with a disability prior to taking disciplinary action against the child, the child may be subjected to the same disciplinary action as is applied to children without disabilities who engage in comparable behaviors.

(2) If a request is made for an evaluation of a child during the time period in which the child is subjected to disciplinary action described by this act, an evaluation shall be conducted in an expedited manner. If the child is determined to be a child with a disability, taking into consideration information from the evaluation conducted by the school district and information provided by the parents, the school district shall provide special education and related services in accordance with the provisions of this act, except that, pending the results of the evaluation, the child shall remain in the educational placement determined by school authorities, which may be long-term suspension or expulsion from school.

History: L. 1999, ch. 116, § 33; L. 2005, ch. 171, § 20; July 1.

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