Special Education

Section 200.11  Admission to public schools of students residing in facilities of OMH and OPWDD or child care institutions*

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(a)   Students residing in hospitals of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and schools of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shall be identified, evaluated and provided with special education and related services in accordance with the provisions of section 116.6 of this Chapter.

(1) The committee appointed in each facility pursuant to section 116.6(a) shall recommend to the school district in which the facility is located that those students determined by the facility committee to be able to benefit from instruction in a public school program be admitted to the schools of such district.

(2) The school district committee on special education shall review the recommendation of the facility's committee, and all relevant supporting information and data, to determine whether the school district has an educational program appropriate to the needs of each student so recommended, or whether an appropriate program can be provided by a board of cooperative educational services or another school district by agreement with the school district in which the facility is located.

(i)  If the committee on special education determines that the school district has an appropriate program for such a student, or can provide an appropriate program by agreement with a board of cooperative educational services or with another school district, such committee shall recommend to the board of education that the student be admitted to such program.

(ii)  In the event that the committee on special education determines that there is no program appropriate to the needs of such a student in the schools of the district, or at a board of cooperative educational services or another school district, such committee shall report its findings to the board of education.

(iii)  If the committee on special education concludes that placement in a private school for students with a disability is the appropriate educational placement for the student, the committee's report to the board of education may include a recommendation that the board of education recommend that the Office of Mental Health or the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities place such a student in a private, nonresidential school for students with disabilities.

(b)  Students residing in child care institutions shall be identified, evaluated and provided with suitable special education services in accordance with section 4005 of the Education Law.

(1)  The committee on special education of a child care institution having its own school shall recommend to the school district in which the facility is located, that those students determined by the facility committee to be able to benefit from instruction in a public school program be admitted to the schools of such district.

(2)  The school district committee on special education shall review the recommendation of the facility's committee, and all relevant supporting information and data, to determine whether the school district has an educational program appropriate to the needs of each student so recommended.

(i)  If the committee on special education determines that the school district has an appropriate program for such a student, such committee shall recommend to the board of education that the student be admitted to such program.

(ii)  In the event that the committee on special education determines that there is no program appropriate to the needs of such a student in the schools of the district, such committee shall report its findings to the board of education.

(c) If a board of education determines that there is no program appropriate to the needs of a student in the schools of the district, or at a board of cooperative educational services or another school district, the board of education shall give notice of such determination to the parent, if the identity of the parent is available to the board, and to the chief administrator of the facility or child care institution in which the student resides.  Such notice shall also inform the recipients that either the parent or the chief administrator of the facility may obtain review of the determination made by the board of education by a hearing officer appointed by the chief administrator of the facility or child care institution in accordance with the provisions of section 200.5 of this Part.  For purposes of this subdivision, the duties of the school district committee on special education and board of education or trustees set forth in section 200.5 of this Part shall be the duties of the committee on special education and chief administrator of each facility or child care institution, respectively.

(1) A parent who desires such a hearing shall so inform the chief administrator of the facility or the child care institution in writing.  Written notice of the hearing shall be given by the chief administrator of the facility or the child care institution to the parent and to the board of education whose decision is sought to be reviewed.  Such board of education shall be a necessary party to the hearing and shall bear the burden of proof with respect to the unavailability of an appropriate program for the student in the school district or at a BOCES or another school district.

(2) Any party to the hearing may obtain review by the commissioner of the determination of the hearing officer in accordance with the procedures set forth in Part 279 of this Chapter, except that the responsibilities of and the provisions for service on the board of education set forth in sections 279.2 and 279.7 of this Chapter shall apply to the chief administrator of the facility or child care institution.

* Includes all amendments through March 2011

Last Updated: March 15, 2011