ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND SECONDARY
Non-Public After School Program
In accordance with Missouri State Plan Section 34 CFR 300.455, and Section 34 CFR 300.453, the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis operating the St. Louis Public Schools (the “District”) will provide special education instruction and related services to all eligible students with disabilities who are parentally placed in religious or other private schools. These services will be provided in the Non-Public After School Program. No private school student with a disability is entitled under IDEA to any service or to any amount of a service the child would receive if enrolled in the public school.
Non-Public After School Guidelines
Each student will have an Individual Service Plan as required by the State Plan. Special Education Services may not exceed 180 minutes per week of special education instruction, 120 minutes per week of speech/language therapy, 60 minutes per week of occupational therapy, and 60 minutes per week of physical therapy. No student will receive more than a total of 300 minutes per week of special education instruction and related services. The Non-Public After School Program will operate at District sites from the first Monday in October through the last Friday in April each year, Monday through Thursday for 150 minutes per day.
Provision of Services – Basic Requirements (34 CFR 300.452)
To the extent consistent with their number and location of the St. Louis Public Schools, provision must be made for the participation of private school children with disabilities in the program assisted or carried out under Part B IDEA by providing them with special education and related services.
Expenditures (34 CFR 300.453)
The District will spend on providing special education and related services to private school children ages 3 to 21 with disabilities an amount that is the same proportion of the District’s total subgrant under section 611(g) of IDEA (K-12 entitlement) as the number of private school children with disabilities aged 3 through 21 residing in its jurisdiction is to the total number of children with disabilities in its jurisdiction aged 3 through 21. For children aged 3 through 5, an amount that is the same proportion of the District’s total subgrant under section 619(g) (Preschool Entitlement) of the IDEA as the number of private school children with disabilities aged 3 through 5 residing in its jurisdiction is to the total number of children with disabilities in its jurisdiction aged 3 through 5.
The District has consulted with representatives of private and parochial school children in deciding how to conduct the annual count of the number of private school children with disabilities and ensure that the count is conducted on December 1. The child count is used to determine the amount that the District must spend on providing special education and related services to private and parochial school children with disabilities in the next subsequent fiscal year.
The District will provide services to private school children with disabilities in excess of those required by this part, consistent with State law or local policy if the number of students enrolled increases. The District wants all students with disabilities who are enrolled in non-public schools by their parents to receive special education instruction and related services per the above guidelines.
Services Determined (34 CFR 300.454)
No private school child with a disability has an individual right to
receive some or all of the special education and related services that
the child would receive if enrolled in a public school. Decisions about
the services that will be provided to private school children with disabilities
must be made in consultation with representative of private school children
with disabilities and their services plan as follow.
If a child with a disability is enrolled in religious or other private school and will receive special education or related services from the District, the District shall initiate and conduct meetings to develop, review, and revise a services plan for the child, and ensure that a representative of the religious or other private school attends each meeting. If the representative cannot attend, the District shall use other methods to ensure participation by the private school, including individual or conference telephone calls.
Services Provided (34 CFR 300.455)
The services provided to private school children with disabilities will be provided by personnel meeting the same standards as personnel providing services in the public schools. Private school children with disabilities may receive a different amount of services than children with disabilities in public schools. No private school child with a disability is entitled under IDEA to any service or to any amount of a service the child would receive if enrolled in a public school.
Each private school child with a disability who has been designated to receive services will have a service plan that describes the specific special education and related services that the District will provide to the child in light of services that have been determined to be accessed by the private school child with disabilities. The service plan will, to the extent appropriate, meet the requirements specified for an IEP with respect to the services provided, and be developed, reviewed, and revised consistent with requirements for IEPs.
Due Process Hearing Rights
There is no right to a due process hearing under the Procedural Safeguards in the case of a student enrolled by their parents in a private school unless the issue pertains to child find activities, including evaluations.
Legal: Missouri State Plan for Special Education at 89-92.