Students with Disabilities . Robert Compton, Ph.D. Director of Federal Programs and School Safety. Special Education . IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act For students with IEPs (individualized education plan) Federally mandated Things you need to know:
Robert Compton, Ph.D.
Director of Federal Programs and School Safety
You must find a way to document the provision of accommodations.
If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.
As you teacher you are required by IDEA to “refer a child for special education” if you have any reason to believe that the child has a disability and is in need of specialized instruction.”
Referrals go to your school’s special education coordinator
Parents have a right to refer too. If they ever mention that their child “needs an IEP” or “needs an evaluation” or “has ADD” or “is visually impaired” you MUST send this information over to your school’s special education coordinator. Put this in writing to protect yourself.
A child’s educational records often contain private personal information about the child and the family
Educational records contain a plethora of personally identifiable and confidential information.
If you wouldn’t tell the parent to his/her face, DO NOT put it in an email.