PCSSD - 4.49 Special Education

4.49 Special Education

The district shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the district, required under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and Arkansas Statutes.

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in state and federal statutes which govern special education. Implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in accordance with the IDEA satisfies the district's obligation to provide a free and appropriate education under Section 504.

The Board directs the superintendent to ensure procedures are in place for the implementation of special education services and that programs are developed to conform to the requirements of state and federal legislation. The superintendent is responsible for appointing a district director for overseeing district fulfillment of its responsibilities regarding handicapped students. Among the director’s responsibilities shall be ensuring district enforcement of the due process rights of handicapped students and their parents.

Legal References:    
34 C.F.R. 300 et seq.
42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq. American with Disabilities Act
29 U.S.C. § 794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 
20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 
P.L. 108-446 The 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act
A.C.A. § 6-41-201 et seq. 

Date Adopted: 8/11/15

Manual Adoption: 2/8/00