Santa Maria-Bonita SD | BP 6164.4 Instruction
Identification Of Individuals For Special Education
The Governing Board recognizes that each individual is unique, and that while for most students, the conventional school program is appropriate, a number of individuals have exceptional abilities and/or needs which must be addressed. The Board adopts as policy the regulations and procedures of the SELPA. The Board, therefore, directs the Superintendent to see that all SELPA regulations and procedures are observed in identifying district residents meeting Federal and State and Local age eligibility requirements as defined in Education Code 56026. Such regulations and procedures shall be consistent with the requirement of Federal and State laws and regulations for such assessment.
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, in conjunction with the SELPA director, consult with appropriate representatives of private school children regarding locating, identifying and evaluating 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 evaluation for any child they believe to have a disability that significantly interferes with his/her learning.
A student shall be referred for special education instruction and services only after the resources of the general education program have been considered and used where appropriate (Education Code 56303). Providing support for students in the general education environment is fundamentally important to ensure student success and adherence to special education regulations and laws.
The Superintendent or designee shall identify evaluation procedures to determine when an individual's academic, behavioral or other difficulties may be related to disabilities and shall establish systematic procedures for special education referral, assessment, identification, planning, placement, 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 general education 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)
Assignment of Students with Exceptional Needs
The district special education administrator (or designee) shall determine program placement of students eligible for special education based on goals and objectives developed by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Goals and objectives are developed based on the IEP team's assessment findings. Assessments are conducted according to Education Code 56320 and 56321. No student may be assessed nor placed in a special education program without the written consent of the parents/guardians unless the district or SELPA prevails in a due process hearing related to such assessment or placement. (Education Code 56506(e))
44265.5 Professional preparation for teachers of impaired students
56026 Individuals with disabilities
56026.5 Low incidence disability
56029 Referral for assessment
56136 Guidelines for low disability areas
56339 Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders
56381 Reassessment of students
56441.11 Eligibility criteria, children 3 to 5 years old
56445 Transition to grade school; reassessment
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
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
300.1-300.756 Assistance to states for the education of students with disabilities
Agostini v. Felton, (1997) 521 U.S. 203, 117 S.Ct. 1997
34 CFR 300.a Appendix A to Part 300 - Questions and Answers
34 CFR 300a1 Attachment 1: Analysis of Comments and Changes
Policy SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: March 9, 1988 Santa Maria, California
revised: February 26, 2003