I was told that if a child has excessive absenteeism, he cannot receive special education services. The school is not allowed to evaluate a child who has not had adequate instruction due to absences? What percentage of absences would deny special ed services?
Schools cannot refuse to evaluate a child who has frequent absences. This statement is incorrect.
“Excessive” absences trigger the school’s Child Find responsibilities under the IDEA.
- The district needs to know why the student is absent.
- The district needs to determine if the student has a permanent or temporary condition related to a disability that is causing absences.
- The district should complete a comprehensive evaluation as part of the fact-finding process.
Child Find requires each state to devise a practical method to determine which children are receiving the needed special education services, and which children are not.
After identifying children who may need services, all necessary evaluations must be completed on these children, at no cost to parents.
The article explains why schools can’t refuse (or aren’t “allowed”) to evaluate a child who has frequent absences.
Learn more about the Child Find Mandate: What It Means for You
More about Identification & Child Find.