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IEP "punishments"

Submitted by an LD OnLine user on

My fourth grade son has an IEP for emotional support.

His goals are broken down into four levels with the lowest level stating that he loses the right to participate in activities (movies, field trips, etc.)

Last year he was unable to go on the class field trip and I was just informed that he is not allowed to participate in the Halloween social tomorrow.

Can anyone tell me if these are legal “punishments”?

Submitted by Patsy on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:00 PM


Hi hlsmith

After reading your post on IEP Legal issues I did some research and found if you sign the IEP document it is legal for the school to keep your fourth grade son for attending these activities. I am not sure if the school tried some of other ways of dealing with his behavior or not, but they are within there rights to keep him from attending these functions. Good luck to you and your son.

Submitted by Diana on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 6:30 PM


I agree with Pasty on the legalities of the consequences. I would also like you to consider some other perspectives. Most teachers of children with behavior challenges consider it a great accomplishment when their students are able to attend extra-curricular activities with their peers. Much thought usually goes into making the decision to use this consequence. First, will the child and other students remain safe in the environment? Second, will the environment remain undisrupted for all students? Third, did your child earn the privilege? All children are truly required to earn school privileges. Finally, is your child earning of the privilege in relation to his ability? Hope these thoughts help.

Submitted by Linda Lea on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:23 PM


I don’t know whether this punishment is legal or not. I am wondering if you, as the parent, were involved in setting your son’s goals. I am a teacher with 24 years experience. I kept a student back once from a field trip years ago and hope to never did it again. Although I may not have all the facts. This punishment does not seem to promote social inclusion.If the student is on an IEP for emotional support,this plan may need to be evaluated if he is not experiencing success.

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