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 2023-2024 school year, the following services are offered:

  • 10 Hours Consult services

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.

Additionally, under Child Find obligations, school districts are obligated to assess referred private school students and, if the student is found eligible, make an offer of an IEP to be implemented if, and only if, the student enrolls in the public school district. 


For further information, Please contact: John Fischer (jfischer@sonomaselpa.org)


Policy and Procedures

Parentally Placed Private School Students with Disabilities

Sonoma County SELPA Policy Approved by Superintendent's Council, May, 2023

Procedure for Administrators/Case Managers

Step by step procedure for administrators/case managers when the District of Geographic Residence and the District of Location of the Private School are both within Sonoma County

Procedure/Scenarios for Reporting

Step by step procedure for data and reporting in SEIS/CALPADS

SELPA Parentally Placed Private School Student Google Form

Fill out this form for any parentally placed private school student to ensure that the proportional share funding is properly calculated.

Private School Enrollments in CALPADS for Special Education

Description of the steps for setting up private school enrollments in CALPADS.



Supporting Documents

Certification of Parent Decision Not to Enroll in Public School (PS Doc 1a)

Letter re student transfers to private school (Doc PS1b)

Triennial Reevaluation Notification of Parental Intent (Doc PS1c)