School Resource Officers and Students with Disabilities: What School Resource Officers Should Understand and Know


School districts across the nation utilizing school resource officers (SRO) to maintain a safe and secure environment. School administrators benefit from the SRO’s training, knowledge, and experience in handling situations. It is essential for law enforcement personnel to have a comprehensive understanding of the role of SRO’s, especially as it pertains to special education students.

School resource officers will learn how to help foster a culture of conflict resolution in schools and be trained to have a better awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs of students with disabilities.

What is covered in this class:

  • An overview of relevant laws (IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Qualifying disabilities identified by the IDEA, descriptions of behavioral and special characteristics typical of each disability
  • Functional behavioral assessments, behavioral intervention plans, and the limitations and Chapter 33 Regulations for the use of restraint an seclusion.
  • Goal and techniques in de-escalation, including how to use distance, non-verbal communication methods, and how to talk with students with disabilities, and principles of behavior change
  • A description of the discipline process for children with disabilities, including limits on suspension and expulsion, manifestation meetings, alternative educational settings, and students due process right through the discipline process.
  • Scenarios involving children with disabilities provided the officers an opportunity to apply what they learned individually or in small groups

Instructor: Heidi O’Leary

Special Education Director


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