CHILDREN ENROLLED BY THEIR PARENTS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS - Regulations

8. Child Find: Contains requirements for services plans.

In accordance with 34 CFR 300.132(a) and 300.137 through 300.139, a services plan must be developed and implemented for each private school child with a disability who has been designated by the LEA in which the private school is located to receive special education and related services under 34 CFR Part 300. The LEA must initiate and conduct meetings to develop, review, and revise a services plan for a child designated to receive services. The LEA must ensure that a representative of the religious or other private school attends each meeting. The LEA must use other methods to ensure participation by the religious or other private school, including individual or conference telephone calls, if the representative cannot attend. The services plan must describe the specific special education and related services that the LEA will provide to the child in light of the services that the LEA has determined through the consultation process described below that it will make available to its population of parentally-placed private school children with disabilities. The services plan must, to the extent appropriate:
  • Meet the requirements of 34 CFR 300.320, or for a child ages three through five, meet the requirements of 34 CFR 300.323(b) with respect to the services provided; and
  • Be developed, reviewed, and revised consistent with 34 CFR 300.321 through 300.324.
[34 CFR 300.132(b), 300.137(c) and 300.138(b)] [20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(10)(A)]


Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. In your perception, how are services plans similar to individual education plans (IEPs)? In what ways are they different?


  2. In the development and implementation of a services plan what expectations do you have for the public school?


  3. In the development and implementation of a services plan what expectations do you have for the private school?


  4. In your perception, what barriers currently exist that would tend to interfere with the development and implementation of a services plan for students with disabilities in private schools? Likewise, what are some of the current practices that will support/facilitate the development and implementation of a services plan for students with disabilities in private schools?


  5. Once services plans are agreed upon, what might happen to prevent their proper implementation? What steps might be taken by parents of children with disabilities who are parentally placed in private schools to address implementation issues?


Application Questions

  1. Describe the relationship that presently exists between your LEA and private schools in your area. How will this relationship influence developing and implementing service plans in the future?


  2. If the LEA and the private schools identify possible barriers to the development of services plans, what strategies can be implemented to remove or reduce these barriers?


  3. What current systems might be revised or what new systems might be put into place to ensure that services to students with disabilities in private schools are delivered as per service plans?


  4. How will the development and implementation of service plans for private school students impact the current caseloads of teachers and therapists in your district? What are the implications for staff reconfiguration?


  5. What implications are there for staff development with regard to services plans for students with disabilities in private schools?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: California

    Role: School Psychologist
    Location: Connecticut

    Role: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Location: Florida

    Role: Educational Consultant
    Location: Florida

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Iowa

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Minnesota

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Wisconsin

    Role: Family Member
    Location: West Virginia