REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES TIMELINE
(CALENDAR DAYS, EXCLUDING VACATIONS)
Pre-referral for Assessment
Parent/Guardian requests teacher to conduct screening, identification, and consultation (interview and observation) to identify whether or not Child/Student has disabilities that adversely affect ability to learn in a general education program.
If Pre-referral unsuccessful, then Parent/Guardian makes written request for Assessment for Special Education Services.
School District must give Parent/Guardian either written proposed Assessment Plan or notification that Assessment is not appropriate.
If District determines Assessment is not appropriate, then Parent/Guardian may initiate Due Process Hearing through written request.
Parent /Guardian signs Assessment Plan and gives written consent to conduct Assessment.
Assessment begins immediately.
District conducts Non-discriminatory Evaluation, including testing, to determine disability, eligibility, and special education services needed.
If Parent/Guardian refuses to consent to Assessment Plan, then District initiates informal Meeting or Due Process Hearing to override refusal to consent.
District completes Assessment, develops Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP)/Individualized Education Program (IEP), & conducts IFSP/IEP Meeting.
District must give notice of IFSP/IEP Meeting within reasonable time prior to meeting; Parent/Guardian has right to copies of Child's/Student's records.
Parent/Guardian may agree, in writing, to an extension of time for Meeting.
Review of Non-discriminatory Evaluation/Assessment and current levels of performance.
If Parent/Guardian disagrees with Evaluation, then Parent/Guardian may obtain independent Assessment at District's expense, with notice.
Development of annual goals and objectives.
Determination of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) placement and related services for a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Agreement and Signature
Parent/Guardian may sign and consent to all, some, or none of the components of the IFSP/IEP.
Program components to which Parent/Guardian has consented implemented so as not to delay providing special education services.
Disagreement: parent/Guardian may refuse to sign; can request in writing Mediation Conference, which can be preceded by Informal Meeting.
Parent/Guardian may come to agreement with District and sign off on IFSP/IEP.
If Parent/Guardian disagrees with District, then can request Due Process Hearing, which can be preceded by Pre-Due Process Mediation or Mediation.
Written decision of Due Process Hearing Officer received; continuance granted for good cause.
Parent/Guardian accepts Due Process Hearing Officer's decision.
Parent/Guardian or District rejects Due Process Hearing Officer's decision and chooses to file Appeal in State or Federal Court.
Due Process Hearing Appeal due.
Every Child Deserves a Certain Amount of Dignity