Idaho Special Education Manual

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.                                                                                                                                                      
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS                                 
GLOSSARY
LEGAL CITATIONS
CHAPTER 1
OVERVIEW

Section 1. Child Find ................................................................................................................ 3

Section 2. Procedural Safeguards............................................................................................ 3

Section 3. Student Eligibility under the IDEA............................................................................ 4

Section 4. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) ............................................................. 4

Section 5. District Programs and Services ............................................................................... 4

Section 6. Individualized Education Program (IEP)................................................................... 5

Section 7. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)........................................................................ 5

Section 8. Summary of Activities that May Lead to Special Education Services........................ 6

CHAPTER 2
FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION (FAPE)

Section 1. Definition of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). .................................... 13

Section 2. Provision of FAPE .................................................................................................. 13

Section 3. FAPE Considerations.............................................................................................. 15

CHAPTER 3 CHILD FIND

Section 1. District Responsibility .............................................................................................. 21

Section 2. Locating Students.................................................................................................... 22

Section 3. Identification............................................................................................................. 22

Section 4. Referral to Consider a Special Education Evaluation............................................... 25

CHAPTER 4
EVALUATION AND ELIGIBILITY

Section 1. Evaluation Team ...................................................................................................... 31

Section 2. Purpose of an Evaluation......................................................................................... 31

Section 3. Written Notice and Consent for Assessment ........................................................... 33

Section 4. Information from Other Agencies or Districts............................................................ 37

Section 5. Evaluation and Eligibility Determination Procedures................................................ 37

Section 6. Reevaluation and Continuing Eligibility .................................................................... 42

Section 7. State Eligibility Criteria.............................................................................................. 44

1. Autism Spectrum Disorder..................................................................................................... 45

2. Intellectual Disability.............................................................................................................. 46

3. Deaf-Blindness...................................................................................................................... 47

4. Deaf or Hard of Hearing........................................................................................................ 47

5. Developmental Delay............................................................................................................ 48

6. Emotional Behavioral Disorder.............................................................................................. 49

7. Other Health Impairment ...................................................................................................... 51

8. Specific Learning Disability .................................................................................................. 52

9. Multiple Disabilities .............................................................................................................. 56

10. Orthopedic Impairment....................................................................................................... 56

11. Speech or Language Impairment: Language .................................................................... 57

12. Speech or Language Impairment: Speech ........................................................................ 58

12a. Articulation/Phonology Disorder........................................................................................58

12b. Fluency Disorder.............................................................................................................. 59

12c. Voice Disorder.................................................................................................................. 60

13. Traumatic Brain Injury ....................................................................................................... 61

14. Visual Impairment Including Blindness.............................................................................. 62

CHAPTER 5
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Section 1. IEP Initiation........................................................................................................... 65

Section 2. IEP Development................................................................................................... 72

Section 3. IEP Reviews.......................................................................................................... 89

Section 4. IEPs for Transfer Students.................................................................................... 90

Section 5. IEPs for Children from the Infant/Toddler Program............................................. ...91

Section 6. Students with Disabilities in Adult Prisons ............................................................ 94

CHAPTER 6
LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT

Section 1. Least Restrictive Environment Considerations..................................................... 97

Section 2. District Responsibility for Continuum of Settings and Services............................ 99

Section 3. Federal Reporting of LRE.................................................................................... 99

CHAPTER 7
DISCONTINUATION OF SERVICES, GRADUATION, AND GRADING

Section 1. Discontinuation of Services .............................................................................. 103

Section 2. Graduation ........................................................................................................ 105

Section 3. Transcripts and Diplomas ................................................................................. 106

Section 4. Grades, Class Ranking, and Honor Roll ........................................................... 107

CHAPTER 8
CHARTER SCHOOLS

Section 1. Definition and Parent/Student Rights ............................................................... 111

Section 2. Responsibility for Services................................................................................ 112

Section 3. Charter Schools and Dual Enrollment............................................................... 113

Section 4. Funding ............................................................................................................ 114

CHAPTER 9
PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Section 1. Definitions of Private School Placements..........................................................121

Section 2. Students Voluntarily Enrolled by Parents......................................................... 122

Section 3. Students Placed by the District........................................................................ 129

Section 4. Dual Enrollment by Parents............................................................................. 130

Section 5. Students Unilaterally Placed by their Parents when FAPE is an Issue............ 131

Section 6. Out of State Students Residing in Residential Facilities ................................. 132

CHAPTER 10
IMPROVING RESULTS

Section 1. Monitoring Priorities and Indicators................................................................. 137

Section 2. Comprehensive Early Intervening Services.................................................... 138

Section 3. Personnel ....................................................................................................... 139

CHAPTER 11
PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS

Section 1. Procedural Safeguards Notice ....................................................................... 147

Section 2. Domestic Considerations................................................................................ 148

Section 3. Informed Consent........................................................................................... 154

Section 4. Written Notice ................................................................................................ 156

Section 5. Confidentiality and Access to Records........................................................... 160

Section 6. Independent Educational Evaluations............................................................ 166

Documents: Procedural Safeguards Notice.................................................................... 169 

CHAPTER 12
DISCIPLINE

Section 1. General Discipline Provisions........................................................................ 211

Section 2. Actions Involving a Change of Placement..................................................... 212

Section 3. FAPE Considerations.................................................................................... 214

Section 4. Procedures for a Manifestation Determination ............................................. 216

Section 5. Other Considerations.................................................................................... 218

CHAPTER 13
DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Introduction and Contact Information ........................................................................... 225

Section 1. Facilitation.................................................................................................... 227

Section 2. Informal Conflict Resolution ........................................................................ 228

Section 3. Mediation..................................................................................................... 230

Section 4. State Complaints......................................................................................... 233

Section 5. Due Process Hearings................................................................................ 236