Court: Cumberland Valley violated student’s disability rights

Carlisle/West Shore

A U.S. appeals court says the Cumberland Valley School District violated the disability rights of a student it expelled in 2014.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that found the school district violated its duty to identify students with disabilities, and that it violated disability rights law by failing to evaluate the student prior to punishing him over a disciplinary matter.

The student was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 6 and expelled while in the 10th grade.

Both courts disagreed with a district evaluation report issued at the time of the boy’s expulsion. The report concluded the student did not have a qualifying disability to be eligible for special accommodations.

The district did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

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