Can a student be searched at school and have their property taken?
Students have an “expectation of privacy” that applies outside and on school property. However, there are different rules for the different locations. There are also different rules...
Special Education Timelines
There are many indications that a child may need to additional services and support as a special education student. Some of those signs may be:
Trouble with school work such as in reading or math
Is disciplining a special education student different than a non-special education student?
Yes! Special education students have more protections when facing discipline at school. The purpose of those protections is to make sure that a child is not...
Special Education: When Parents and Schools Disagree
One job of an Individual Education Program (IEP) Team is to work together to develop appropriate programming for the child. While sometimes the team agrees, there are times when the parent and...
Bullying, Hazing, and School Policies
Bullying can be words, acts, gestures, or writings (on paper, cell phone or computer) that is directed at your child. Those behaviors must cause your child to:
•be physically injured or
What do I need to know if my child wants to drop out of school?
You are responsible for making sure your child goes to school.
There is the possibility that the school district will bring a court case against you if your child is truant.
What is truancy?
If your child is at least 7 years old or they have not finished 6th grade, they are truant if they have:
5 unexcused absences from school in a row or
7 unexcused absences from school in one school year
If your child has...
When entering the world of special education it can feel like people are speaking a different language. This guide will help you understand some of the common terms used by special education professionals. Each of these terms are defined in Maine’s...
A suspension means a student is temporarily prohibited from going to regular classes and/or school. A student does not have to be sent home to be considered "suspended" under Maine law.
In Maine, a student can be suspended for any of...
What schools can children in Maine go to?
Generally, a student must be a resident of a public school district to go to school there.
A student is a resident of the public school district where their parent or guardian with custody lives.