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Oregon Bulletin

October 1, 2011

 

Oregon Department of Education
Chapter 581

Rule Caption: Special Education Responsibilities for Students in Charter Schools

Adm. Order No.: ODE 10-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-23-2011

Certified to be Effective: 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 581-015-2005, 581-015-2010, 581-015-2040, 581-015-2075, 581-015-2080

Subject: Shifts student special education responsibilities from resident school district to the district in which the charter school is located if student is enrolled in a charter school in another school district from which the student resides.

Rules Coordinator: Diane Roth—(503) 947-5791

581-015-2005

Criteria for Approving School District Special Education Programs

(1) School districts operating or initiating special education programs must have their programs approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in order to qualify such programs for state reimbursement. As part of this process, districts must subscribe to the following:

(a) Special education instructional programs in the district must include a continuum of services to meet the individual special education needs of all resident children with disabilities, including resident children with disabilities enrolled in public charter schools. For all school purposes residency for children with disabilities enrolled in charter schools is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 338.

(b) Special education must be established and conducted as an integral part of the district’s regular school program.

(c) Children who require special education have the same rights and privileges provided to other students.

(2) In addition, the school district must have on file with the Oregon Department of Education a set of assurances and other documentation as required that ensure district compliance with requirements set forth in Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules for the education of children with disabilities.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 343.041, 343.045

Stats. Implemented: ORS 343.221

Hist.: 1EB 208, f. 12-19-75, ef. 1-16-76; Renumbered from 581-022-0175; 1EB 248, f. & ef. 9-23-76; 1EB 269, f. & ef. 12-22-77; 1EB 48-1978, f. & ef. 11-17-78; ODE 2-2003, f. & cert. ef. 3-10-03; Renumbered from 581-015-0035, ODE 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-25-07; ODE 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

581-015-2010

Census and Data Reporting

(1) Each school district must report to the Department all resident children with disabilities who have been identified, located and evaluated and are receiving early intervention, early childhood special education or special education from a public or private educational program on December 1 of each school year.

(2) Charter School Students — Each school district in which a charter school is located reports children with disabilities enrolled in the charter schools located in the district and receiving services described in (1), regardless of parental residency. Residency for children enrolled in charter schools is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 338.

(2) If no children have been identified, located, and evaluated as being disabled, school districts must report this fact.

(3) Private School Students — Each school district must conduct an annual count of the number of private school children as follows:

(a) On October 1 of each year, each school district must count all children attending private schools located within the boundaries of the district.

(b) On December 1 of each year, each school district must count all parentally placed children with disabilities attending non-profit private schools located within the boundaries of the district, in accordance with OAR 581-015-2475, whether or not these children are receiving equitable special education services as described in OAR 581-015-2460.

(4) School districts must report to the Department additional data as required by the Department for the preparation of reports to federal or state agencies. The Department will notify school districts of additional data needed to meet the requirements of federal or state law and the applicable reporting dates.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 343.041, 343.045 & 343.055;

Stats. Implemented: ORS 338.165, 343.155, 34 CFR 300.137 & 139

Hist.: ODE 2-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-00; Renumbered from 581-015-0038, ODE 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-25-07; ODE 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

581-015-2040

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Age Ranges

(1) School districts must provide special education and related services to all resident school-age children with disabilities, except as provided in OAR 581-015-2045. “School-age children” are children who have reached five years of age but have not yet reached 21 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year.

(2) An otherwise eligible person whose 21st birthday occurs during the school year is eligible for FAPE for the remainder of the school year.

(3) The requirements of this rule also apply to children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school in accordance with OAR 581-015-2410 to 581-015-2440.

(4) For purposes of this rule, residency is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 339, except for children enrolled in charter schools. For all school purposes residency for charter school students is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 338.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 343.055

Stats. Implemented: ORS 338.165, 343.041, 339.115, 34 CFR 300.101

Hist: ODE 3-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-00; Renumbered from 581-015-0600, ODE 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-25-07; ODE 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

581-015-2075

Charter Schools

(1) For all school purposes, residency for charter school children is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 338, revised 2011.

(2) In accordance with procedural safeguards for special education, a school district must serve resident children with disabilities attending public charter schools located in the district in the same manner as the school district serves children with disabilities in other district schools, including but not limited to:

(a) Identifying, locating, and evaluating students, in accordance with OAR 581-015-2100 – OAR 581-015-2180, to determine which children enrolled in a public charter school may be in need of special education and related services.

(b) Implementing special education and related services according to each child’s individual education programs (IEP) in accordance with OAR 581-015-2200 – 581-015-2230.

(c) Providing supplementary and related services on site at the public charter school to the same extent to which the school district has a policy or practice of providing such services on site to its other public schools.

(3) A school district in which a public charter school is located must provide IDEA funds to those charter schools on the same basis as the school district provides IDEA funds to other public schools in the district, including proportional distribution based on relative enrollment of children with disabilities, at the same time as funds are distributed to other public schools in the district.

(4) When a student enrolls in a public charter school, the school district in which the public charter school is located shall:

(a) Provide written notification of the student’s enrollment to the district in which the student resides;

(b) Request, in accordance with applicable confidentiality provisions in IDEA and OAR 581-015-0220 through 581-015-0400 and 34 CFR §§300.610 through 300.620, the student records of the student, including all information related to an individualized education program developed for the student;

(c) If a student resides in another district, provide written notification to the student’s parent, guardian, or person in parental relationship to provide information about:

(i) The school district’s responsibility to identify, locate and evaluate to determine a student’s need for special education and related services and to provide those special education services in the public charter school; and

(ii) The methods by which the school district may be contacted to answer questions or provide information related to special education and related services.

(5) Each school district that receives an individualized education program under subsection (4)(b) must implement the individualized education program and follow the terms of the individualized education program until a new individualized education program is developed. If the information received was in effect in a previous school district in another state, the district will implement it in accordance with OAR 581-015-2230(2).

(6) When a student who resides in another district no longer is enrolled in a public charter school for any reason other than graduation, the school district in which the public charter school is located shall notify:

(a) The school district in which the student resides to provide notice:

(i) that the student no longer is enrolled in the public charter school; and

(ii) that the district will provide the student education records including all information related to the student’s individualized education program if the student seeks enrollment or services from the district in which the student resides. Transfer of the information in (6)(b)(ii) is subject to the confidentiality provisions of IDEA and OAR 581-021-0230 – 581-021-0400.

(b) The student’s parent, guardian or person in parental relationship to provide information about:

(i) The responsibility of the school district in which the student resides to identify, locate and evaluate students and implement services; and

(ii) The methods by which the school district in (6)(a) may be contacted to answer questions or provide information about special education and related services.

(iii) The responsibility of the district to provide student education records, including all information related to the student’s individualized education program, if the student seeks enrollment or services from another school district, including the parental resident district. Transfer of student education records (6)(b)(ii) is subject to the requirements of IDEA and OAR 581-021-0230 – 581-021-0400.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 338.165

Stats. Implemented: ORS 338.165, 343.045, 34 CFR 300.209

Hist.: ODE 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-25-07; ODE 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

581-015-2080

Child Find

(1) The requirements of this rule apply to all children unless they are no longer entitled to a free appropriate public education under OAR 581-015-2040 – 581-015-2050.

(2) School districts must identify, locate and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability, who are in need of early intervention, early childhood special education, or special education services, including:

(a) Highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children),

(b) Children who are wards of the state;

(c) Indian preschool children who reside on reservations;

(d) Children who are suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade;

(e) Children enrolled in public charter schools;

(f) Children who are home schooled;

(g) Children below the age of compulsory school attendance who are not enrolled in a public or private school program; and

(h) Children above the age of compulsory school attendance who have not graduated with a regular high school diploma.

(3) For purposes of this rule, residency is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 339, except for children enrolled in charter schools. Residency for children enrolled in charter schools is determined in accordance with ORS chapter 338. The district in which the charter school is located is responsible for child find for students enrolled in the charter school regardless of parental resident district.

(4) The district in which the private school is located is responsible for conducting child find activities for all children enrolled in the private school, in accordance with OAR 581-015-2085, regardless of parental resident district.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 343.041, 343.045, 343.157

Stats. Implemented: ORS 343.045, 343.157, 34 CFR 300.111

Hist.: 1EB 269, f. & ef. 12-22-77; 1EB 14-1983, f. 11-23-83, ef. 11-25-83; EB 11-1995, f. & cert. ef. 5-25-95; ODE 16-2000, f. & cert. ef. 5-23-00; ODE 2-2003, f. & cert. ef. 3-10-03; Renumbered from 581-015-0037, ODE 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-25-07; ODE 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

 

Rule Caption: Virtual Public Charter School Student Enrollment and Appeal Procedure

Adm. Order No.: ODE 11-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-23-2011

Certified to be Effective: 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 581-020-0342, 581-020-0343

Subject: Implements new state law relating to enrollment in virtual public charter schools. Creates appeal procedure for students who are not approved for enrollment into virtual public charter school by school district. Directs virtual public charter schools to notify districts of student enrollment.

Rules Coordinator: Diane Roth—(503) 947-5791

581-020-0342

Virtual Public Charter School Student Enrollment

(1) As used in this rule:

(a) “Notice” means a written notice that is mailed, faxed, e-mailed or personally delivered by the party required to provide the notice.

(b) “Parent” means parent, legal guardian or person in parental relationship as defined in ORS 339.133.

(c) “Reside in a school district” means the school district in which the student’s parent resides.

(d) “School district” means a school district in which more than three percent of the students who reside in the school district are enrolled in one or more virtual public charter schools.

(e) “Student” means a student who seeks to enroll in a virtual public charter school on or after August 2, 2011.

(f) “Virtual public charter school” is as that term is defined in OAR 581-020-0338.

(2) A parent must provide notice to the school district in which the parent resides that the parent intends to enroll a student in a virtual public charter school. Upon receiving the notice, a school district may choose to do nothing further until receiving notice the student is enrolled in the school or if more than three percent of the students who reside in the school district are enrolled in virtual public charter schools not sponsored by the district, the district must provide notice to the parent that the district:

(a) Approves the student for enrollment in the virtual public charter school; or

(b) Does not approve the student for enrollment in the virtual public charter school and provide a copy of this rule and OAR 581-020-0343 to the student and a list of two or more other online options available to the student.

(3) If a parent does not receive a notice of approval or disapproval from a school district under subsection (2) of this rule within 14 days of sending the notice of intent to enroll to the district, the student shall be deemed approved for enrollment by the district.

(4) A parent may appeal a decision of a school district to not approve a student for enrollment to the State Board of Education pursuant to OAR 581-020-0343.

(5) A virtual public charter school may only enroll a student if the school receives evidence the student’s parent has notified the resident school district of the student’s intent to enroll in the school. A school shall consider any of the following as evidence the resident school district received adequate notice:

(a) A copy of the notice of intent to enroll sent to the district by the parent;

(b) A notice of approval for enrollment from the district; or

(c) A copy of a final order issued by the Superintendent pursuant to OAR 581-020-0343 that finds that the student is approved for enrollment in the school.

(6) A virtual public charter school shall send a list of students to each school district in which a student who is enrolled in the school resides. The list shall be sent monthly when the virtual school is in session.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 338.025

Stats. Implemented: ORS 338.125

Hist.: ODE 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

581-020-0343

Virtual Public Charter School Student Enrollment Appeal Procedure

(1) The State Board of Education delegates to the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee all administrative functions necessary or reasonable in order to conduct a timely appeal process. This delegation includes issuing a final order. An order issued by the Superintendent or designee shall be considered an order in other than a contested case under ORS 183.484.

(2) A parent may appeal a decision of a school district to not approve enrollment of a student in a virtual public charter school under OAR 581-020-0342 by sending a notice of appeal in writing by mail, fax or e-mail or by personally delivering a copy to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The notice must be received by the Superintendent within 10 days of the date on which the parent received notice from the district, the district did not approve enrollment of a student in a virtual public charter school. The parent must also provide a copy of the notice of appeal and any other supporting documents included with the notice to the school district prior to sending the notice of appeal to the Superintendent or within 24 hours of when the parent sent or delivered the notice of appeal to the Superintendent.

(3) The notice of appeal must include:

(a) The parent and student’s name and contact information.

(b) The name of the resident school district.

(c) The name of the virtual public charter school in which the student wants to enroll.

(d) A copy of the notice of intent to enroll provided by the parent to the school district.

(e) A copy of the notice of disapproval of enrollment received by the parent from the school district.

(f) The reason for the appeal and any supporting documents including evidence the parent would like considered as part of the appeal.

(4) A school district upon receiving a notice of appeal from a parent may file a reply to the notice with the Superintendent. The reply must be received by the Superintendent within 10 days of when the school district received a copy of the notice of appeal from the parent. The school district shall provide a copy of the reply and any supporting documents included with the reply to the parent.

(5) The Superintendent shall overturn the decision of the school district to not approve the enrollment of the student if the Superintendent determines that:

(a) The school in which the student intends to enroll is not a virtual public charter school.

(b) The resident school district does not have more than three percent of the resident students of the district enrolled in virtual public charter schools not sponsored by the district.

(c) The parent did not receive the notice of disapproval from the district within 14 days of when the parent sent the district the notice of intent to enroll.

(6) The Superintendent may consider the following in deciding whether to uphold or overturn a decision of the school district to not approve the enrollment of a student:

(a) The health and safety of the student.

(b) The student’s educational needs and interests.

(c) The availability of other online options to the student.

(d) Any other information that the Superintendent deems relevant to the decision.

(7) The Superintendent shall issue a final order within 30 days of receiving the notice of appeal from the parent. The Superintendent shall send a copy of the final order to the parent, the school district and the virtual public charter school.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 338.025

Stats. Implemented: ORS 338.125

Hist.: ODE 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-23-11 thru 2-19-12

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