A presentation by the El Dorado County Office of Education Charter SELPA (adapted from a presentation developed by Riverside County SELPA). Surrogate Parent Roles and Responsibilities. Training Objectives.
A presentation by the El Dorado County Office of Education Charter SELPA
(adapted from a presentation developed by Riverside County SELPA)
A surrogate parent must:
A surrogate parent must not:
A LEA shall, as a first preference, select a surrogate who is a relative caregiver, foster parent, or court-appointed special advocate.
“An individual who would have a conflict of interest…Means a person having any interests that might restrict or bias his/her ability to advocate for all of the services required to ensure a free appropriate public education for an individual with exceptional needs.” (Govt. Code Section 7579.5(3)(e))
Guarantees students with disabilities:
Offers two major protections:
A surrogate may represent the child until any of the following are determined:
The surrogate parent may resign from his or her appointment only after giving notice to the LEA
Surrogate parents are held harmless when acting in their official capacity except in acts or omissions found to have been wanton, reckless, or malicious (California Government Code Section 7579.5(l))
Learn about the student’s educational needs by:
The surrogate should:
It takes all members of the IEP team to fully develop an appropriate IEP that truly meets the student’s needs.
By law, students receiving special education services must be placed in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE)
A surrogate will be asked to sign all forms relating to the student’s special education program, including:
Make sure to ask questions regarding anything you do not understand.
State and federal law protect the confidentiality of student records and limit the disclosure of such records. Confidential information includes:
When the surrogate’s appointment ends, all records should be properly returned to the LEA or destroyed.
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El Dorado County SELPA:
Thank you for your time and dedication!