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Office of Student Learning & Partnerships

Contact the ODE help desk at 503-947-5715 if you need assistance with the information transfer process.  If you have questions regarding whether specific expenditures may be included in the request for reimbursement, contact John Ewing, 503-947-5872 or john.ewing@state.or.us .

Parentally Placed Private School Students with Disabilities

1.  What statute authorizes special education services to students in private schools?

IDEA 2004, Section 612, authorizes the provision of special education and related services to students placed by their parents in private schools.  

2.  How is district responsibility for providing special education services to parentally placed private school students determined?

IDEA 2004 requires the school district in which the private school is located to provide special education and related services, according to the requirements of Section 612(a)(10)(A), to students attending private schools located within the district’s boundaries and without regard to the student’s district of residence.   

Services provided to parentally placed private school students are not as comprehensive as those provided to students with disabilities enrolled in a public school, or placed by a school district in a private school, because parentally placed private school students do not have an entitlement to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

3.  What district is responsible for Child Find?

Under IDEA 2004, the district in which the private school is located is responsible for   Child Find to determine the number of parentally placed children with disabilities attending, including non-resident children, attending private schools within the district’s boundaries.  Child Find activities for private schools must be comparable in activities and timeline to the public school Child Find.  Activities include, but are not limited to, referrals, evaluations, and re-evaluations of students who may have disabilities.  The District conducts Child Find after timely and meaningful consultation with private school representatives.  Section 612 (a)(10)(i)(II)

The cost of carrying out the Child Find requirements, including individual evaluations, is not included in determining whether the District has met its obligations to provide special education and related services under Section 612.


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