REFERRAL TO COUNTY-OPERATED CLASSES
The County Office of Education (COE) provides services for students with severe handicaps (SH) and for students with emotional disturbances. Specified district services are also available including: resource specialist services to the Juvenile Court schools, itinerant vision specialist services, itinerant orientation and mobility specialist services, assistive technology specialist services and augmentative communication specialist services.
The Special Education Administrators of County Offices (SEACO) SH Curriculum implemented in county programs for students with severe disabilities results in a certificate of completion. Students enrolled in a county-operated program for students with emotional disturbances may receive a high school diploma through their district of residence upon completion of graduation requirements and meeting requirements of the California High School Exit Examination.
Students may be referred to county special day
classes by their district of residence. The district director or SELPA
assigned program specialist should contact the COE regional program administrator.
The county administrator will be invited to the Individualized Education
Program (IEP) meeting where county placement is considered. After an IEP
team determines that a county-operated class is the least restrictive
placement appropriate to meet the student's needs, referral may be made
at the request of the district special education administrator. Placement
will be completed following the County Office of Education guidelines.
Scheduling IEP Meetings for Students Placed
in County Programs
It was discussed and decided at Administrative Council that when the student is participating in a general education class, the special education teacher is the logical person to contact the general education teacher regarding when the meeting will be held. If there is difficulty arranging for the general education teacher to attend the IEP, the special education teacher is to notify the regional program administrator. The COE program administrator will contact the district administrator who will resolve the situation.
It is recommended that COE staff and district personnel collaborate and coordinate regarding student services and the scheduling of IEPs. When scheduling IEPs, district personnel should consider scheduling during teacher contract hours when possible. It is also recommended that district and county staff work together to develop an agenda for the IEP meeting. County teachers may want to develop proposed IEP schedules of when they are available and submit them to the district. For students enrolled in county placements on April lst but leaving COE programs shortly after, or districts holding an IEP meeting on April lst and moving a student from a COE placement, the student will remain on the COE April count.
Guidelines for General Education Participation
in IEP Meetings