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In addition to those found in Education Code sections 56020 - 56035, 20 U.S.C. Sections 1401(1) to (35), and 34 C.F.R. Sections 300.4 - 300.45, the following definitions are provided:

(a) ?Access? means that the nonpublic, nonsectarian school shall provide State Board of Education (SBE)-adopted, standards-aligned core curriculum and instructional materials for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8 (K-8), inclusive; and provide standards-aligned core curriculum and instructional materials for grades 9 to 12 (9-12), inclusive, used by a local educational agency (LEA) that contracts with the nonpublic school.

(1) The nonpublic, nonsectarian school shall provide each student with a copy of textbooks and other instructional materials used to implement the SBE-adopted core curriculum (K-8) and standards-aligned core curriculum (9-12) in each subject area. As required through the individualized education program (IEP) for each pupil with hearing impairments, vision impairments, severe orthopedic impairments, or any combination thereof, SBE-adopted core curriculum (K-8) and standards-aligned core curriculum (9-12) may be in Braille, large print, recordings, and American Sign Language VideoBooks.

(2) Photocopies of portions of textbooks or instructional materials, or photocopies of entire textbooks or instructional materials to implement SBE-adopted core curriculum (K-8) and standards-aligned core curriculum (9-12) is not sufficient access.

(b) ?Applicant? means an individual, firm, partnership, association, or corporation who has made application for certification as a nonpublic, nonsectarian school, or agency.

(c) ?Assessment and development of the individualized education program? (IEP) means services described in Education Code sections 56320 et seq. and 56340 et seq.

(d) ?CDE? means the California Department of Education.

(e) ?Certification? means authorization by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) for a nonpublic school or nonpublic agency to service individuals with exceptional needs under a contract pursuant to the provisions of Education Code section 56366(d).

(f) ?Contracting education agency,? means school district, a SELPA, a charter school participating as a member of a SELPA, or county office of education.

(g) ?Credential? means any valid credential, life diploma, or document in special education or Pupil Personnel Services issued by, or under the jurisdiction of, the California SBE prior to 1970 or the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), which entitles the holder thereof to perform services for which certification qualifications are required.

(h) ?Department of Consumer Affairs? means the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

(i) ?Dual enrollment? means the concurrent attendance of the individual in a public education agency and a nonpublic school and/or a nonpublic agency.

(j) ?Individual Services Agreement? means a document, prepared by the LEA, that specifies the length of time for which special education and related services are to be provided, by nonpublic schools and/or nonpublic agencies, to individuals with exceptional needs.

(k) ?Instructional day? shall be the same period of time as constitutes the regular school day for that chronological peer group unless otherwise specified in the IEP.

(l) ?License? means a valid nonexpired document issued by a licensing agency within the California Department of Consumer Affairs or other state licensing office authorized to grant licenses and authorizing the bearer of the document to provide certain professional services or refer to themselves using a specified professional title. If a license is not available through an appropriate state licensing agency, a certificate of registration with the appropriate professional organization at the national or state level which has standards established for the certificate that are equivalent to a license, shall be deemed to be a license.

(m) ?Linguistically appropriate goals, objectives, and programs? means:

(1)(A) those activities which lead to the development of English language proficiency; and

(B) those instructional systems either at the elementary or secondary level which meet the language development needs of the English language learner.

(2) For individuals whose primary language is other than English, and whose potential for learning a second language, as determined by the IEP team, is severely limited, nothing in this section shall preclude the IEP team from determining that instruction may be provided through an alternative program pursuant to a waiver under Education Code section 311 provided that the IEP team periodically, but not less than annually, reconsiders the individual's ability to receive instruction in the English language.

(n) ?Local governing board,? means either district or county board of education.

(o) ?Master contract? means the legal document that binds the public education agency and the nonpublic school or nonpublic agency.

(p) ?Nonsectarian? means a private, nonpublic school or agency that is not owned, operated, controlled by, or formally affiliated with a religious group or sect, whatever might be the actual character of the education program or the primary purpose of the facility and whose articles of incorporation and/or by-laws stipulate that the assets of such agency or corporation will not inure to the benefit of a religious group.

(q) ?Primary language? means the language other than English, or other mode of communication, the person first learned, or the language which is used in the person's home.

(r) ?Qualified? means that a person has met federal and state certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements which apply to the area in which he or she is providing special education or related services, or, in the absence of such requirements, the state-education-agency-approved or recognized requirements, and adheres to the standards of professional practice established in federal and state law or regulation, including the standards contained in the California Business and Professions Code and the scope of practice as defined by the licensing or credentialing body. Nothing in this definition shall be construed as restricting the activities or services of a graduate needing direct hours leading to licensure, or of a student teacher or intern leading to a graduate degree at an accredited or approved college or university, as authorized by state laws or regulations.

(s) ?Specialized physical health care services? means those health services, including catheterization, gastric tube feeding, suctioning or other services prescribed by the individual's licensed physician and surgeon requiring medically related training for the individual who performs the services and which are necessary during the school day to enable the individual to attend school.

(t) ?Specified education placement? means that unique combination of facilities, personnel, location or equipment necessary to provide instructional services to an individual with exceptional needs, as specified in the IEP, in any one or a combination of public, private, home and hospital, or residential settings. The IEP team shall document its rationale for placement in other than the pupil's school and classroom in which the pupil would otherwise attend if the pupil were not disabled. The documentation shall indicate why the pupil's disability prevents his or her needs from being met in a less restrictive environment even with the use of supplementary aids and services.

(u) ?SSPI? means the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

(v) ?Temporary physical disability? means a disability incurred while an individual was in a regular education class and which at the termination of the temporary physical disability, the individual can, without special intervention, reasonably be expected to return to his or her regular education class.

Authority cited:

Education Code 56100


Education Code 33300

Education Code 49423.5

Education Code 56320

34 C.F.R. 300.17

34 C.F.R. 300.28

34 C.F.R. 300.34

34 C.F.R. 300.39

34 C.F.R. 300.320

(Amended by Register 2014, No. 19).