The Arizona Department of Education allows schools to consider unique circumstances, but according to the Department's Special Education Parent Guide, schools follow these steps:
The school may move a student to an interim alternative educational setting or suspend the student for a single conduct violation or separate incidents of misconduct for not more than 10 school days in a row.
Once the student has been removed from his/her current placement for a total of 10 school days in the same school year, the school district must provide services.
The services will enable the student to continue to participate in the general curriculum, although in another setting, and work on IEP goals.
A functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention plan must be provided, as appropriate.
If removal is a change of the student's placement, the IEP Team will determine appropriate services, which are detailed in the Special Education Parent Guide