Presentation on theme: "EI/ECSE Policy, Procedure and Practice EI/ECSE SPR&I Training ODE Fall 2007."— Presentation transcript:
EI/ECSE Policy, Procedure and Practice EI/ECSE SPR&I Training ODE Fall 2007
Rules and Regulations Federal rule and regulation (Part 300 for age 3 to age 21; Part 303 for birth to age 3) State rule and regulation (ORS and OAR) What does this mean for EI/ECSE programs? Says “you must”
Example: 34 CFR 300.111 Child Find The State must have in effect policies and procedures to ensure that all children with disabilities in the state, including children who are homeless children or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated.
Example: OAR 541-015- 2080 Child Find (1) School districts must identify, locate and evaluate all residents with disabilities, regardless of the severity of disability, who are in need of early intervention, early childhood special education, or special education services. The requirements of this rule apply to all preschool and school age children unless these children are no longer entitled to a free appropriate public education under OAR 581-015-2040 to OAR 015- 2050.
Program Assurances A list of assurances signed by program administrator Usually accompanies the contract What does this mean for EI/ECSE programs? Says “we will or we promise to…”
IDEA STATEMENT OF ASSURANCES EI/ECSE contractor ANNUAL APPLICATION for FUNDS UNDER PART B and Part C OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) AS AMENDED IN 2004 FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2007: July 1, 2007- June 30, 2008 The EI/ECSE Contractor, in collaboration with school districts, identifies, locates, and evaluates all children with disabilities (birth to the age of eligibility for kindergarten), regardless of the severity of their disabilities, who are in need of special education and related services. This includes children with disabilities attending private schools located within the contractor’s service area.
Policy and Procedure Written policies and procedures Written by ODE EI/ECSE staff for the EI/ECSE program (state- wide) What does this mean for EI/ECSE programs? Says “how we will do this….”
Example: EI/ECSE Policy and Procedure Manual: Child Identification II. Child Find A.The EI/ECSE contractor has joint responsibility with school districts to locate, identify, and evaluate all children birth through five years residing within its jurisdiction, suspected of being eligible for EI or ECSE. This ongoing system applies to all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, including children who are: 1. Highly mobile children with disabilities ………..
Policy and Procedure Time to revise! New federal and state regulation More changes in federal and state regulation to come
Policy and Procedure Paper copy in each program On the ODE EI/ECSE website Use as a reference tool! When you have a question check regulations and the EI/ECSE Policy and Procedure book
Policy and Procedure Child Identification Confidentiality Full Education Opportunity Goal Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Participation in Regular Education IFSP Procedural Safeguards Evaluation FAPE Application Available to the Public Nondiscrimination Discipline Parentally Placed Private Preschool Children Approved Private Schools
Program Operating Guidelines Gives further guidance on how, if more clarification is needed (not always needed) What does this mean for EI/ECSE programs? Says “more about how we will do this….”
POG: LEA and EI/ECSE Program’s Joint and Separate Responsibilities for Child Find The local EI/ECSE program and school district have joint and separate responsibility for locating, identifying, and evaluating all children birth through five years residing within its jurisdiction, suspected of being eligible for early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE). The joint EI/ECSE and school district responsibilities are: 1. Conducting public awareness activities including ……
Current Program Operating Guidelines Child Identification EI/ECSE Services Natural Environments Physical Restraint Religiously Neutral Programs Suspension and change of placement Transportation
Practice Use all of the information in practice with the children in your program and their families