Winooski School District

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Rights & Responsibility

Responsibility of the Winooski School District for the provision of special education services
to students enrolled in private schools

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004, children enrolled in a private school by their parents do not have the same entitlements to special education services that they would have in a public school. Below is a summary of this section of IDEIA 2004. Your child, who is enrolled in a private school located in Winooski, has been identified as a student who is eligible for special education. If your child were enrolled in your local public school, s/he would be provided with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). A FAPE means special education and related services would be provided to your child at public expense according to an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Although your child is eligible for special education and related services, while s/he attends a private school in Winooski, Winooski School District is responsible to evaluate your child’s needs and eligibility and to determine on an annual basis whether any services will be provided to your child while in the private school located within Winooski. Your child, while enrolled in a private school located within Winooski, is not individually entitled to receive any services. Winooski School District is entitled to spend a proportionate amount of federal funds on eligible students enrolled in private schools within Winooski. To determine how those funds are spent, Winooski School District will consult with the private schools annually. The decision on how to spend these funds rests solely with the Winooski School District. If you are interested in exploring what services might be available to your student if s/he were enrolled in public school, you should contact the office of Special Education in your local school district (in the town where you live) and share the evaluation results you have received. If it is determined your child will receive any services while enrolled in a private school located within Winooski, a Services Plan will be developed by the Winooski School District. The services plan may not be as extensive as the IEP s/he might receive as a public school student. The services plan will be reviewed annually. Services do not automatically continue, however. Again, your child is not individually entitled to any services under a service plan. This notice will be sent to you annually to remind you of your options and rights as a parent of a child eligible for special education and related services. A copy of the Parent Rights in Special Education will be included with this notice. You can also read these rights at our website under the Student Services link, or at the Vermont Agency of Education website. EEO: This material is available in alternate formats for persons with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please call 1-800-253-0101 (TTY) or 1-800-253-0195