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Santa Maria-Bonita SD |  BP  6159.3  Instruction

Appointment Of Surrogate Parent For Special Education Students   

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In order to protect the rights of students with disabilities, the Superintendent or designee shall appoint a surrogate parent to represent a child with disabilities as necessary in accordance with law. He/she shall develop procedures for recruiting, training and assigning adults to serve as surrogate parents or the district may utilize these services as provided by the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

Before individuals are appointed as surrogate parents, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that they have passed a criminal background screening and have demonstrated interest in working with children with disabilities, sensitivity to ethnic and cultural factors, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

56028 Parent

56050 Surrogate parents

GOVERNMENT CODE

7570-7588 Interagency responsibilities for providing services to disabled children, especially:

7579.5 Surrogate parent; appointment; qualifications; liability

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

300 Children subject to jurisdiction

601 Minors habitually disobedient or truant

602 Minors violating laws

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

300.30 Definition "parent"

300.519 Surrogate parents

Management Resources:

FEDERAL REGISTER

Rules and Regulations, August 14, 2006, Vol. 71, Number 156, page 46539-46845

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS

Policy SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 26, 2003 Santa Maria, California