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EC Referrals

Jan 01, 2016



EC Referrals. Marsha Holleman /Nancy Simmons Jolee Harney/Jenny Kurzer. Specially designed instruction: Specially-designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate, to the needs of an eligible child … the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction…. We need to remember: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • EC ReferralsMarsha Holleman/Nancy SimmonsJolee Harney/Jenny Kurzer

  • Specially designed instruction: Specially-designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate, to the needs of an eligible child the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction

  • We need to remember: Exceptional child education is not the answer to poor general education. It is not special education that most students need, it is education that is special. Each student with a disability deserves a high quality and individually designed education.

  • Lets get started!

    Concerns should be brought to the SST team.Interventions should be implemented with progress monitoring through Regular Education for a sufficient period of time.Parent contacts, record review, vision, hearing and speech screenings, observations, and interventions should be documented on the SST forms. Determine whether a referral is needed

  • Required FormsReferral Meeting:

    All RTI/SST paperworkHandbook of Parents RightsInvitation (7-10 day notice for team)DEC 1DEC 2DEC 5Social History and behavioral checklistsTeam Minutes

  • Who do you invite?SST teamLEA representative (Principal or designee)Regular Education teacherStudent (if student is 14 or older)Parent See the definition of parent in the Parent Rights Handbook

  • Definition of Parent:Invite the parent, if there has not been a TPR (Termination of Parental Rights) Check with DSS.

    If a student is living with a relative acting in the place of the parent, they may serve.

    If there has been a TPR, a foster parent may serve if not a Therapeutic Foster Parent.

    Otherwiseyou will need to use an approved Surrogate parent.

    DSS may attend, but not sign as parent, even if they have custody.

  • So when does my 90 days begin?As soon as you receive that written referral! So,you better get started immediately!

    If a parent gives a verbal request for a referral, it is our duty to get that in writing (usually by completing the DEC 1).

    The date that an Invitation was sent should be the date the school received the referral.

    Easy IEP will calculate the due date from the date the referral was received on the DEC 1.

  • Invitation to ConferenceParents must be 7-10 days notice before a meeting, unless parent requests an earlier date.

    Check ALL purposes and participants for ALL meetings!

    Specify a specific room, not just the school name.

    You may want to discuss meeting times with everyone on the team to check for availabilities before sending an invitation.

    You may meet without parents; however, you must make 2 attempts to invite them, including a written Invitation.

  • DEC 1/ReferralYou will need to rely on your SST team, regular education teacher, and/or parent to help fill this form out at your meeting.

    Vision and Hearing are usually completed in the SST processUse these dates on the DEC 1.

    Please be specific on this form. Describe

  • DEC 1- Sections I

    DESCRIBE strengths in ALL areas.

    Every student has strengths!

    Be specific.

    Do not address areas of need in this section.

  • DEC 1 Section II

    Check all areas of concern and be thoughtful in this process.

    Concerns should match the evaluations requested on the DEC 2.

  • DEC 1- section III

    DESCRIBE the interventions and the outcomes of these interventions with specific data.

    Describe what has been done and what has/has not workedThis section should show why the referral is being made.

    Refer to the information collected through the SST process.

  • DEC 1 Section IV

    Three Team Determination Choices:

    No evaluation.

    Determine eligibility based on existing information.

    Conduct an evaluation. You must list the evaluations.

  • DEC 2Refer to your eligibility cheat sheet to determine what evaluations are required for each category you are considering and check all evaluations needed.

    If it is determined that additional evaluations are needed, you need parent permission and a new DEC 2.

    If evaluations checked on the DEC 2 are determined unnecessary, you must contact the parent document that on the DEC 2 and on a DEC 5. Send a copy of the DEC 5 home.

    If a parent did not attend the referral meeting, you may send the DEC 2 home with copies of all paperwork for the parent to sign and return.

    You will not be able to begin evaluations until that DEC 2 is signed.

  • DEC 5 - PWNReferral meetingA DEC 5 is the form most used in litigation

    Parents have one year to contest a decision.

    It is required for all meetings!

    You must address proposals and refusals.

    Check purposes at the top and then address those sections.

  • DEC 5

    Use detailed explanations for proposals and refusals under Sections I. and II.

    Do not say, Nothing was rejected.

    On Section 4, address other factors, if needed.

    Be sure to document the date that the decision will be implemented, as well as the date when a copy of the DEC 5 (Prior Written Notice) was given to the parents.

  • Additional forms you may needReferral checklist, EC 300,to sendto Mary Cameron Bestwith all requirements

    AU checklist and permission to videotapeTeam Meeting Notes!

  • Eligibility Meeting-required forms:DEC 3 worksheet for the suspected category/s

    Eligibility Determination

    Draft DEC 4 (IEP) if eligible

    DEC 5

    DEC 6, if placed

    Dont forget Team minutes!

  • DEC 3 WorksheetEach category or disability area has its own worksheet.

    You must list all information gathered, even if it was not a required evaluation.

    Summarize information, do not just list scores.

    Interventions AND outcomes should be described.

    Secondary classifications may be considered, but you must also complete the worksheet for that classification, too.

  • Eligibility DeterminationThis is required for all Initial placements, Reevaluations, and Exits.

    (For SLD, only, all team members must check whether they agree/disagree with the eligibility determination. )

  • DEC 6Most important document in an EC folder!

    Without this document you cannot serve this child in the EC program.

    The DEC 6 must be signed before services begin.

  • DEC 5Eligibility meeting

    Check all purposes.

    You will need to check Initial Eligibility, Educational Placement, and Other for the development of the IEP.

    Be sure to address all proposals and refusals!

  • Transfers from Outside NCContact your program specialist for all transfers into our county.

    Transfers from out of state are considered Initial referrals. If we have current evaluations from the previous state, we may determine eligibility based on those evaluations.

    Comparable services must be provided until all information is obtained.

  • CECASSubmit a CECAS form if you do the following:Annual ReviewReevaluationExitChange in SettingWithdrawalInitial placementDeceasedNon-placementAddendumTransfer-inGraduation


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