SSPS:Private School Services
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 on the Private School Services web page 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. _______________________________________________
Please see the Private School Services web page for more resources and forms.
DSBPC Web Page for Parents and Private School Administrators
DSBPC Web Page for Parents and Private School Administrators _______________________________________________
What is ESE? (parent brochure) _______________________________________________
State Technical Assistance
FLDOE Technical Assistance Paper for General Education Intervention Procedures, Child Find, and the Initial Provision of Exceptional Education Services to Eligible Student (See sections E-1, E-4, and E-6 on pages 14, 16-17 for private school related information) _______________________________________________
Procedural Safeguards _______________________________________________