Discipline Protections for Students with a Disability

Disciplining students with disabilities can be a little overwhelming for educators and administrations. During this course, you will gain the knowledge on processes and practices to understand how to better support these students. You will gain experience in learning definitions of different terms and practices. You will get resources that will help you to address behavior. You will also gain experience on how to apply protection for students with disabilities and those who are not yet eligible for special education in compliance with IDEA.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Michigan Multi-tiered Systems of Support Technical Assistance Center, the Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion Toolkit, and Restorative Justice.
  • Explore the definitions of terms and practices that get used in disciplinary actions.
  • Apply the different means of behavior issues through the IEP process.
  • Review what “disciplinary removal” is and when services must continue to be provided during a removal.
  • Recognize how you can run the Discipline and Consequence Summary Report in MSDS.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.