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 Services Available to Private School Students with Disabilities 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
2019-20 Service Request Packets
Private School Services Request Packet (2019-20)
Please remember the following:
The student must be ESE eligible (have an existing IEP or found eligible via Child Find) and attend a non-profit private school to receive services.
Only 2019-20 Service request packets will be accepted.
Packets must be submitted fully completed (2019-20 services request form, teacher input, parent input, and IEP if needed). Incomplete forms or packets will not be considered.
If the student does not have a valid Pasco IEP, please submit their most current IEP from their previous/home county.
Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapists are currently a critical shortage area for the district and our contract providers. This may affect the ability of the district to provide these services to private school students.
Further reductions in district staff may also adversely affect the ability to provide consultation services.
Please see parent FAQs under the parent section for more information.
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 Private School Links
Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice
Private School Directory
FLDOE Private School Resources
FLDOE Technical Assistance Paper for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
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)
Information For Parents
Evaluations for Special Education Services (parent brochure)
FAQs for Parents: Private School Services
Parent Request for Child Find (Evaluations and Reevaluations)
What is ESE? (parent brochure)
Information For Private School Administrators and Contacts
Students With Disabilities (ESE) Eligibility Codes
Survey of Students with Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Private Schools
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Response to Intervention (RtI) has been described in Florida as a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for providing high quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform instructional decisions. Please see Florida's MTSS web page for more information.
Staff Development for Private School Staff
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.
Web Resources for Children with Disabilities
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition to our informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.
Learning disabilities: What are they and what should you watch for?
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LD Online is the world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
The NCLD team envisions a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
CPIR is a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.