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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6164.4  Instruction

Identification Of Individuals For Special Education   

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The Board of Education recognizes the need to actively seek out and evaluate residents from birth through 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 develop a method to ensure that all children residing within the district are currently receiving needed special education and related services. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall consult with appropriate representatives of private school children with disabilities on how to identify, locate and evaluate these children. (20 USC 1412(a)(3); 34 CFR 300.451)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a means whereby parents/guardians, teachers, appropriate professionals 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 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. (Education Code 56301)

(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)

(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:


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

56333-56338 Eligibility criteria

56339 Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders

56340-56347 Instructional planning and individualized education program

56350-56352 IEP for visually impaired students

56381 Reassessment of students

56425-56432 Early education for individuals with disabilities

56441.11 Eligibility criteria, children 3 to 5 years old

56445 Transition to grade school; reassessment

56500-56508 Procedural safeguards


95000-95029 California Early Intervention Services Act


3021-3029 Identification, Referral and Assessment

3030-3031 Eligibility criteria


1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

1412 State eligibility

1415 Procedural safeguards


104.35 Evaluation and placement

104.36 Procedural safeguards

300.1-300.756 Assistance to states for the education of students with disabilities


Agostini v. Felton, (1997) 521 U.S. 203, 117 S.Ct. 1997

Management Resources:


34 CFR 300.a Appendix A to Part 300 - Questions and Answers

34 CFR 300a1 Attachment 1: Analysis of Comments and Changes


approved: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California