Evaluations: ARE PARENTS ALLOWED TO REQUEST EVALUATIONS?

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CL:  One of our student’s with Asperger’s Syndrome has been absent a lot lately so we had a parent meeting to discuss what was going on. In the meeting, mom expressed how he has some medical issues where he may be in a lot of pain so that is why he is absent a lot. She also informed the school that he has been suicidal lately and takes medication for depression and anxiety. This student has a history of being bullied and was previously going to a counselor outside of the school setting. Parent would like for her son to get evaluated to see if he qualifies for services through our LSSP. My diagnostician is referring the student to CIS (Community in Schools) program. Are parents allowed to request evaluations?

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Good answer by Renee. Yes, parents can request an evaluation.

Please note that I read a decision recently that said that the parents’ request for initial eligibility referral (and evaluation) need not be in writing.

I did not understand your acronyms. Can you clarify?

Also, what is the parents’ ultimate goal? Is there some way of getting straight to the supports the parents are hoping to put in place?

Yes, under IDEA law, parents are allowed to request evaluations. They have to be requested in writing. If the parent has doubts the district will follow through. (I believe districts have 30 days to respond and complete the evaluation.) Bring the request in person, have the secretary date and initial it and return a copy. This way there is proof as to when it was received, should further actions be required.

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