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Section 1

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 1
DISCONTINUATION OF SERVICES

When a student exits from a District's special education program, a Program Exit form should be completed. This form should be placed in the front of the student's file and the records retired to closed files.


Students Who Are No Longer Entitled to Services

The District will follow appropriate procedures to discontinue special education and related services to students who are no longer entitled to receive those services.
  1. The student is no longer eligible.

    If the District suspects that a student no longer meets the eligibility criteria for special education outlined in the IDEA 2004, the District will conduct a re-evaluation meeting to determine if the student still meets the eligibility criteria. The team will arrange to have additional assessments conducted if necessary. If the student is not eligible, the District will provide the parent with prior written notice of this decision before discontinuing special education services.

    Note:
    If a student reaches the age of majority and asks to be removed from special education, the District must follow appropriate exit procedures.

  2. The student graduates from high school with a regular diploma.

    The District's obligation to provide special education services ends when the student receives a regular high school diploma (see Section 2 of this part for additional information).

    Note:
    If the student graduates from high school with a regular diploma the District shall provide a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting post-secondary goals.

  3. The student reaches maximum age.

    For students who have not yet graduated from high school with a regular diploma, the District's obligation to provide special education services to an eligible student who is age 21 on the first day of the school term continues for the entire school year, even if the student's 22nd birthday occurs during the school year.

    Note:
    If the student reaches maximum age, the District shall provide a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting post-secondary goals.
Note:
  • Procedures to exit a student from special education services may not occur while a student is suspended, expelled, or under disciplinary action.
  • An evaluation is not required before terminating a child’s eligibility due to graduation with a regular diploma or due to exceeding the age for FAPE.
Change in District Obligation to Provide Services

Under certain circumstances, a student may continue to be eligible for special education services, but the District's obligation to provide services changes.
  1. Transfers

    When a student moves out of the District, the District will forward the student's cumulative file and special education records to the new District as soon as possible. The District will keep documentation for at least five years to demonstrate that the student was eligible for and received special education services.

  2. Drop out

    When a student drops out of school, documentation to that effect will be placed in the student's confidential file. If the student re-enrolls, the previous IEP can be implemented if it is still current and appropriate. If not, a new one must be developed.

    Note:
    In the event that a student chooses to drop out of school, the District should inform the parents and the student in writing of the right to access special education services and to receive FAPE annually until the student's 22nd birthday, if the student continues to meet eligibility criteria.

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