The incident, which occurred in mid-September, involved a special education student, who was playing on the playground. When an instructional assistant (IA) tried to redirect the student, he reacted by pushing the IA. At that time, two other IA's attempted to redirect the student as well.
"Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "I have been in communication with the parent of the student."
Since the incident, the student has had a one-on-one IA and several case conferences have taken place with more scheduled. The case conference committee involves the administration, teachers, parents and other professionals. The committee discusses the status of the student and it is in charge of making any legal decisions about the student such as placement, schedule and behavior plan.
"There was another incident with this student last May," Schroeder said. "It was decided at that time that the student was to be homebound. The student had counseling and de-escalation training over summer break."
The case conference committee is currently reviewing the September incident, but they must take into consideration the academic progress and the ability to get along with others as well as the behavior of the student before any decision is made.
"There are over 4,000 students in Clay Community Schools, incidents with special education students will come up, we must review the policies and procedures and make updates," Schroeder said. "Legally, we must keep students in the least restrictive environment for educational purposes."