An overview of the process to obtain Special Education Services for a child:
|Initial Referral or Request for Assessment sent to the school by the parent, school staff or community members.||Can be done at anytime.|
|Assessment Plan given to parent by the school.||Within 15 days of initial referral.|
|Parent signs and returns Assessment Plan to the school.||Within 15 days of receiving the plan|
|The school does the assessment.||Within 60 days of receiving the Assessment Plan signed by the Parent.|
|The IEP Meeting is held and the plan is developed. The meeting place and time should be mutually agreed too.||Within the same 60 days for the assessment by the school.|
|The IEP Plan begins.||As soon as possible.|
|IEP annual review.||One year from the date of the first IEP meeting.|
|Three year IEP review. This review includes a new assessment prior to the IEP meeting.||Three years from the date of the first IEP meeting.|
|Request for review of IEP. Either the parent or the school can make the request.||At anytime.|
|IEP review meeting is held. No change to the IEP plan, in most cases, can be made without holding a review IEP meeting.||Within 30 days of the written request.|
All references to “days” mean calendar days.
Days between school terms (summer vacation), school years, and days of vacation, which are longer than 5 days are not included in the time limits.
All notices, referrals and requests must be in writing. Parents should keep copies of all such items.