Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires that school districts locate, identify, and evaluate at public expense students who are parentally placed at private schools and who are suspected of having disabilities and needing special education and related services. This is part of the general school district responsibility, known as child find.
School districts must make available a free appropriate public education (FAPE) via an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to those parentally-placed students who are evaluated at public expense and determined to have disabilities if the student enrolls in and attends public school. The requirement to make available a free appropriate public education does not extend to private school settings when children with disabilities are parentally placed in those settings.
There is no individual entitlement of parentally-placed private school students to receive special education services. However, some students may receive services under a Service Plan. Please see the Services Request Packet below to review what services the district has agreed to provide for the current school year.
Please note that these services are only available to parentally-placed students with disabilities (ESE) who attend nonprofit private schools within Pasco County.
Private School Services Program Coordinator
Please remember the following:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that timely and meaningful consultation occur between the District School Board of Pasco County (DSBPC) and private school representatives regarding any decision that affects the opportunities of eligible private school students with disabilities, teachers, and other educational personnel to participate in programs under this Act, and shall continue throughout the implementation and assessment of activities under this section. The final decision regarding what services will be provided resides with the district.
Consultation meetings are typically scheduled in March or April of each school year.
Please feel free to contact the supervisor listed above with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.
FLDOE Technical Assistance Paper for General Education Intervention Procedures, Child Find, and the Initial Provision of Exceptional Education Services to Eligible Students (See sections E-1, E-4, and E-6 on pages 14, 16-17 for information relating to private schools)
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Private school personnel who provide educational services to students with disabilities are welcome to attend staff development / training opportunities offered by the District School Board of Pasco County.
Private school administrative staff should receive a list of Professional Development offerings each month. Interested staff should contact the designated trainer to request Guest Access.
Please contact the Private School Services Supervisor if you have additional questions.
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