- For initial evaluations, do we count weekends over holiday breaks for timelines exceeding the 60-day timeline?
- How can you prevent being out of timelines when a vision exam (permission, appointments, glasses, etc.) all take time during the evaluation?
- Would a student being evaluated for a new eligibility category be considered an initial evaluation or a reevaluation?
- Must eligibility reports be provided in the native language if other than English?
Questions and Answers:
a.The weekend days do count if they are in the middle of a holiday break. Be sure to document specific vacation/no school dates, especially if an extension of the 60 days is necessary.
During the first 30 days following a referral, the district needs to look at information they already have to determine if a disability is suspected. If so, a review of existing data and an evaluation plan are developed. If a vision screening/evaluation is needed, that becomes part of the evaluation plan, and the district has 60 days to complete that. If the vision testing is not complete, the district must complete the evaluation and determine eligibility with the information available. If new information becomes available after the 60 days, the district may need to begin a reevaluation by looking at existing data now available. Inability to complete the evaluation because of doctor appointments is not an acceptable reason to extend the timelines.
Conducting further evaluation to determine whether to change the identification category of disability for a student already eligible for special education services is a reevaluation.
The only documents required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the native language of the parent are Procedural Safeguards and notices of action (NOA).
For eligibility criteria for all disability categories, please see the Standards and Indicators Manual at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/StandardsManual/index.html