Private School Services

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) children with disabilities enrolled in private schools may receive some limited special education services from public schools, through a proportional share of special education funds. What services are offered are determined by the SELPA, each year, as voted on by the Superintendents' Council. In addition, the amount and/or level of service is limited by the proportional share funds available to the district.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the following services are offered:

  • Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Orthopedic Impairments: Services shall include those of itinerant teachers from the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) as well as equipment and consultation from the SELPA Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) and interpreters for the deaf from nonpublic agencies.
  • SELPA workshops available to private schools

General Requirements:The SELPA shall hold "timely and meaningful consultation" with private school representatives in calculating the proportionate amount. After such consultation, the districts shall conduct a "thorough and complete" child find to determine the number of parentally-placed private school children. Districts shall keep records on the number of children evaluated, the number found eligible for service, and the number served under this section.

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