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Does the IEP team have to accept outside testing?

​The team must consider and discuss the information from independent evaluations, but they are not required to accept any or all the recommendations.

Assessment
  
What if I disagree with the schools assessment of my student?

​If a parent feels the school’s assessment is incomplete or inaccurate, they can ask for additional testing. If after an evaluation is completed by the District the parent still disagrees with some of the results, they may request additional assessments.  The process is outlined in the Parent Rights Handbook.

 
 
Assessment
  
My child attends Home School. What services can they get?

​Special Education services cannot be provided to full-time home school students, but they can be provided for students who are dually-enrolled. However, a student who is home schooled may not enroll at the neighborhood school just for his/her IEP services. Your child may receive some of the IEP services if the classes they attend are classes the IEP would support. For example, a student with IEP objectives for math would not be eligible for those services if he/she does not attend their math class at the public school. Schools are not required to adjust their schedules to meet the needs of a dual-enrolled student. For example, if a student chooses to attend in the afternoon and math is not being taught, the child will miss out on IEP related math instruction. Schools are not obligated to provide all of the services listed on the IEP that a student would have if he/she was enrolled full time.

Home School
  
Extended School Year Services (ESY)*What are ESY Services?

​Extended School Year (ESY) is a program for eligible students with disabilities that are provided beyond the regular school year.  ESY eligibility is considered each year for every student with a disability and is based on a student’s individual progress on their goals and objectives.

Home School
  
How do I know if my child qualifies for ESY services?

​The IEP team makes the decision based on data collected by the student’s teachers/service providers after breaks in service (i.e: Fall break, Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, Spring break). The need for ESY services is determined by regression/recoupment and predictability data gathered by teachers over school breaks. Also, students with significant cognitive and/or behavioral data may be eligible if their data can predict there will be significant issues over a summer break. Teachers are trained in assessing and collecting this data and addressing ESY eligibility.

Home School
  
What is an IEP?

​An IEP is an Individualized Education Program written for a child with a disability who meets qualifications for one or more specific disabilities in accordance with federal law. The IEP is a legally binding document tailored specifically to a student’s unique and individual needs.

IEP
  
How often must the IEP team meet?

​The IEP team must meet at least annually to discuss, review and revise the IEP. An IEP meeting can be scheduled anytime throughout the year if the school or parent feels it is necessary.

IEP
  
Can the IEP team meet without the parent?

​A. Except for an Initial meeting to determine if a student is eligible for services for the first time, yes, the IEP team can meet without parents if:

  1. The parents indicate via phone, in person or in writing they are in agreement for the team to meet without them; or
  2. If the school has made 3 attempts to meet with parents with either no response from parents or no agreement on date/time.
Either way, the school must provide parents with a copy of the IEP after the meeting if the parents are not present. Phone conferences can be an alternative way to have the IEP meeting if the parents cannot be there in person.
IEP
  
If my child is eligible for Special Education services and they attend a private school, how do they receive their services?

​The district/school that conducted the evaluation and IEP meeting (see previous question/answer) will determine the services that will support your child in the private school setting. The closest public school to the private school will provide the services to your student if they qualify for Special Education services. An Individual Service Plan, not an Individual Education Plan, will be developed. If the child has had an IEP in the past, whether it is current or not, the team may use this information to assist in writing the service plan. Please note that services provided in a private school may not be as comprehensive as those readily available at the public school campus.

Private School Services
  
As a parent, I feel my child needs to be tested for special education. Where do I start?

​It is district policy that outside service providers do not provide special services in our classrooms. The disruption of the learning environment and the confidentiality of all students in special education settings must be protected. Outside service providers are welcome and encouraged to meet with teachers to collaborate on services and methodologies; however, the district recommends this happen outside of the instructional environment.

Referral
  
Can my child’s outside therapist provide services in the school setting?

​It is district policy that outside service providers do not provide special services in our classrooms. The disruption of the learning environment and the confidentiality of all students in special education settings must be protected. Outside service providers are welcome and encouraged to meet with teachers to collaborate on services and methodologies; however, the district recommends this happen outside of the instructional environment.

Related Service Providers
  
My child has been identified with a disability and has an IEP. Does the school district provide transportation?

​Transportation is considered to be a related service for students. The IEP committee will determine if special transportation services are needed based on the student’s individual needs and IEP.

Transportation
  
Do the parents have to pay for special transportation?

​No, not if it is part of the child’s IEP.

Transportation