This email was sent to: Approved Private schools for students with disabilities, State-supported schools and Charter Schools on September 18, 2008. It contains information regarding change in special education snapshot date from December 1 to October 1 beginning in 2008-09 school year.

This is let you know that the Department has changed its special education child count date from December 1 to the first Wednesday in October, beginning this year. The first Wednesday in October in the 2008-09 school year is on October 1, 2008. All school districts, State agencies, State-operated schools, private schools and Special Act schools that provide special education services to students pursuant to Article 81 have already been notified of this change in July. They are responsible for submitting data to the State on the numbers of preschool and school age students with disabilities for whom they have Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) responsibility and who are provided special education services on October 1, 2008. These schools will be reporting these data at the individual student level through the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) between October 22, 2008 and December 24, 2008. They will need to certify these data as complete and accurate within the same time period but by no later than December 24, 2008.

This change in the child count date has the following implications for your program:

Steps you should take: