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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6164.4  Instruction

Identification Of Individuals For Special Education   

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Philosophy

The Governing Board affirms its commitment to provide free, appropriate, public education, in the least restrictive environment, to all disabled students, at no cost to parents. Further, the Board affirms its intent to observe the adopted Local Plan for Special Education developed for the North Inland Special Education Region.

Governance

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to enter into agreement with superintendents of the districts of the North Inland Special Education Region (NISER) and the County Superintendent of Public Schools on an annual basis to implement regional requirements according to the California State Master Plan for Special Education.

The Superintendent designates the District Coordinator of Special Education to serve as the district administrative representative to the NISER Operations Committee and serve the district as the administrative delegate on behalf of special education programs in the district.

Due Process Identification, Referral, Assessment and Individualized Education Programs (I.E.P.s)

The Board recognizes the need to actively seek out and evaluate district residents from age 14 to age 21 within the district, who have disabilities in order to provide them with appropriate educational opportunities in accordance with state and federal law.

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education under Section 504)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a means whereby parents/guardians, teachers and others may request screening for any child they believe to have a disability that significantly interferes with his/her learning. The Superintendent or designee shall identify screening processes to determine when an individual's academic, behavioral or other difficulties may be related to disabilities and shall establish systematic procedures for special education program identification, screening, referral, assessment, planning, implementation, review and triennial assessment.

For assessment purposes, staff shall use appropriate tests to identify specific information about the student's abilities in skill areas. In addition, staff shall use multiple measures, including direct observation, to study the effect of interventions or modifications to the regular instructional program. Staff also may consider the student's personal history, development and adaptive behavior.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop a method to ensure that that all children residing within the district are currently receiving needed special education and related services.

The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians in writing of their rights related to identification, referral, assessment, instructional planning, implementation and review, including the district's procedures for initiating a referral for assessment to identify individuals who need special education services.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program (IEP))

(cf. 6159.1 - Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education)

(cf. 6159.2 - Nonpublic Nonsectarian School and Agency Services for Special Education)

(cf. 6159.3 - Appointment of Surrogate Parent for Special Education Students)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

44265.5 Professional preparation for teachers of impaired students

56000-56001 Special education programs

56026 Individuals with disabilities

56026.5 Low incidence disability

56029 Referral for assessment

56136 Guidelines for low disability areas

56300 -56303 Identification of individuals with disabilities

56320-56329 Assessment, especially:

56321 Development or revision of IEP; proposed assessment plan

56321.5 Notice to include right to electronically record

56333 Assessment of language or speech disorder; eligibility for special education

56337-56338 Specific learning disability

56339 Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders

56340-56347 Instructional planning and individualized education program

56350-56352 IEP for visually impaired students

56381 Reassessment of pupils

56425-56431 Early education for individuals with disabilities

56441.11 Eligibility criteria, children 3 to 5 years old

56445 Transition to grade school; reassessment

56500-56501 Procedural safeguards

56506 Due process rights of student and parent

GOVERNMENT CODE

95000-95029 California Early Intervention Services Act

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3021-3029 Identification, Referral and Assessment

3030-3031 Eligibility criteria

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

1412 State eligibility

1415 Procedural safeguards

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

104.35 Evaluation and Placement

104.36 Procedural Safeguards

300.220 Child identification

303.1-303.654 Early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities

Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: May 19, 1998 Escondido, California