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Section 6

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 6
CONSENT FOR INITIAL PLACEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Before the initial placement of a child in special education, the child's parents must provide the District with written consent. Only a parent, a guardian, a person acting as a parent or a surrogate parent can provide consent for initial placement in special education (see Appendix D for a sample Consent for Initial Placement form.)

Consent means:
  • That the parent has been fully informed, in his or her native language or other mode of communication, of all information relevant to the activity for which consent is sought.

  • The parent understands and agrees in writing (i.e. the parent's signature on the consent form) to the carrying out of the activity for which consent is sought and the consent describes that activity and lists any records that will be released and to whom.

  • The parent understands that the granting of consent is voluntary and may be revoked prior to the occurrence of the action which required consent.
Revoking consent means:
  • That a parent who has provided consent for initial placement can revoke that consent prior to the placement being made. However, once the placement has been made, a parent cannot revoke consent to revert a child to a pre-placement status.

  • Note: Once the initial placement has been made, if there is disagreement between the District and the parent, the parents may request mediation, file a complaint, or file a due process hearing to resolve the dispute.
Refusing consent means:
  • If a parent refuses initial consent for services, the LEA will not be considered to provide a FAPE to the child and shall not be required to convene IEP meetings about the child.

  • Note: Parent refusal to initial consent for services - If the parent refuses to consent to services, the LEA shall not be required to provide special education services to the child.

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