4 Who is eligible for Special Education? The student needs to have a disability that is recognized under IDEA 04ANDBe in need of Specially Designed Instruction
5 What are the federal laws that drive special education in the United States?
6 The Laws of the LandIndividuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004)passed in 1975 as the Education for All Handicapped Children Actestablishes framework for special education in this countryreauthorization signed December 3, 2004No Child Left Behind (NCLB)reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (e.g. Title I)signed into law January 2002
7 What are the State Regulation for special education in PA?
9 What are the timelines for special education paperwork?
10 Chapter 14 Timelines 14.123 Evaluations and 14.124 Reevals Does change timeline to 60 calendar days for initial evaluation and reevaluationAfter receiving written parental consentBUT . . Summer does not count!Copies of eval or reeval report:Given to parents at least 10 school days prior to IEP meetingUnless waived by parents
11 Chapter 14 TimelinesThere are 30 calendar days between the issuance of a report and the IEP meeting.IEPs have to be reviewed within 1 year.
13 Who is responsible for enrollment? Public School
14 Sample Enrollment Procedures Special Services Enrollment ProcessThe Special Services Office has developed the following procedures to expeditiously and appropriately provide educational services for students: Completion of the McGuffey Enrollment Packet, which includesStudent Registration Affidavit (notarized)Foster Children Information FormMcGuffey School District Student Enrollment FormNew Student Information FormHome Language Survey (included on Student Enrollment Form)McGuffey School District Student Media Release FormThe above documents are required and should be fully completed. The enrollment packet should then be delivered to the attention of Megan Van Fossan at the McGuffey Special Services Office by mail or fax.McGuffey School District Phone:Special Services Office Fax:P.O. Box 421119 Main StreetClaysville, PA 15323
15 Once the Special Services Office receives the enrollment packet every effort is made to make a placement decision within three to five days. Brenda Steele, Lead Support Teacher begins the process of gathering the information for each student. This process usually begins with phone calls and faxing an Authorization to Release/Request Information Form to the student’s previous schools..At this juncture, the following information is requested:Academic Report (report cards, current grades (if mid-grading period,) transcript, and PSSA or PASA test resultsAttendance/Behavior Report (discipline referrals)Discharge Summary (if in previous RTF program)Psychological TestingImmunization/Health RecordsSpecial Education Documents (including, but not limited to, initial Evaluation Report, current IEP, and current RR)While gathering the above mentioned documents, the Special Services Office will then contact relevant persons who can provide information regarding the student’s academic and behavioral abilities and concerns.
16 The following people are contacted: Parent/Guardian The following people are contacted:Parent/GuardianSchool personnel, ie. principal, special education director, guidance counselor, special education teacher/regular education teacherStaff from RTF program, if applicableStaff personnel from previous placements, if applicableJuvenile Probation Officer, if applicableSocial Worker/Case Manager, if applicableUpon completion of all of the above processes, the IEP is re-opened by the IEP team which includes the following: Megan Van Fossan, LEA; a special education teacher; a regular education teacher; and the parent/guardian. The team decides what revisions need to be made and adopts the IEP with a duration date of 30 days. A new NOREP is issued to the student’s parent/guardian reflecting the new educational placement.The Special Services Office distributes all of the appropriate documentations to the receiving school. The two entities then work together and schedule a new IEP conference for the student within the 30 day time limit. The 30 days allow the new teacher to gather new classroom information, complete testing, and prepare a Re-evaluation Report and IEP.
18 IEP Team How is a child’s program determined? All decisions regarding FAPE are made by the IEP TeamWho is on the team?ParentsSpecial ed teacherRegular ed teacher (If the student participates in regular education)Related Service ProvidersLEA representative (HOST)LEA representative (HOME)Required members can only be excused with parental consent!
19 IEP Team The IEP Team is the decision maker under IDEA Responsible for developing, reviewing and revising an IEPThere are no individual decisions
20 IEP What does IEP Team decide? What special education and related services the child needs to receive FAPEOnce decision is made, all services are written in IEPOnce services are in IEP, school district must ensure child receives those servicescontract
22 What is a related service? Transportation andSuch developmental, corrective and other supportive services as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from education
23 PA Chapter 14 and the Ramifications of Gaskins Settelment Agreement PlacementTeam must first consider regular classroom with supplementary aids and services before considering services in another settingWhat does this mean for you?Megan
25 Behavior Management Who requires a behavior intervention plan? A child who has behavior difficulties that interfere with learningMust be POSITIVE interventions and supportsDeveloped by the IEP TeamSet forth in a written plan
26 Living and Learning Together In One World The Beginning of a Wonderful Educational Journey for all Children