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Districts must decide starting date of related services on individual basis.

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Letter to Ackerhalt, 60 IDELR 21 (OSEP 2012):  The federal Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) informed a parent’s attorney that school districts cannot implement district-wide policies which prevent implementation of related services specified on IEPs until the third week of school.  OSEP noted that the projected date for the beginning of a related service must be based on the student’s individual needs, as determined by the IEP team.  Therefore, “a policy that mandates that related services for all children with disabilities will begin at a specific time after the beginning of the school year” is inconsistent with federal regulations.

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