Oregon Statutes - Chapter 343 - Special Education Services - Section 343.177 - Educational placement during administrative or judicial proceedings; circumstances where placement may be changed.

(1) During the pendency of any administrative or judicial proceedings concerning the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the child or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the child, the child shall remain in the then current educational program placement.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the placement of a child may be changed if:

(a) The parent consents to placement in a program provided or selected by the district at the districtís expense until the proceedings referred to in subsection (1) of this section are completed if applying for initial admission to a public school;

(b) The parent and the school district agree to temporary placement in some other program;

(c) The school district orders a change in placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days without regard to whether the behavior is determined to be a manifestation of the childís disability:

(A) Due to a weapon, illegal drug or controlled substance incident; or

(B) Because the child has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school premises or at a school function under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education or school district;

(d) A hearing officer orders a change in placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days due to the substantial likelihood of injurious behavior, pursuant to rules of the State Board of Education; or

(e) School personnel order a change in placement to an interim alternative educational setting for more than 10 school days for a child with a disability who violates a code of student conduct and the behavior that gave rise to the violation is determined not to be a manifestation of the childís disability.

(3) If the placement of a child with a disability is changed under subsection (2)(e) of this section:

(a) The relevant disciplinary procedures applicable to children without disabilities may be applied to the child in the same manner and for the same duration as the disciplinary procedures would be applied to children without disabilities;

(b) The child continues to be entitled to a free appropriate public education under ORS 339.252, although the education may be provided in an interim alternative educational setting; and

(c) The child shall remain in the interim alternative educational setting pending the decision of a hearing officer or until the expiration of the school districtís determination of duration of the change in placement under paragraph (a) of this subsection, whichever occurs first.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (2)(b) of this section, a decision of a hearing officer under ORS 343.165 that agrees with the childís parents that a change of placement is appropriate shall be treated as an agreement between the school district and the parents. [1979 c.423 §10 (enacted in lieu of 343.077); 1991 c.795 §7; 1993 c.749 §13; 1995 c.237 §1; 1999 c.989 §20; 2005 c.662 §8]

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