(See Overview in the Introduction for more information on the SPP.)
To ensure that each school district makes a free appropriate public education (FAPE) available to all children, ages of 3 through 21, including children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school, for whom the school district is the children's school district of residence.
Each school district must make FAPE available to each eligible child, ages 3 through 5, for whom the school district is the child's school district of residence. Children may become eligible for services on their third birthday, even if they are not transitioning from Help Me Grow (HMG). Referrals and evaluations occur early enough to ensure that an IEP is implemented on the child's third birthday for all children transitioning from Part C services.
Each school district must ensure that the obligation to make FAPE available to each eligible child for whom the school district is the child’s school district of residence begins no later than the child’s third birthday for children who transition from Help Me Grow. Districts also must ensure that an individualized educational program (IEP) is in effect for the child by that date.
(B) FAPE– Free Appropriate Public Education
Each school district shall make FAPE available to all children between the ages of three and twenty-one, inclusive, including children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school, as provided for in rule 3301-51-05 of the Administrative Code, for whom the school district is the child’s school district of residence.
State and federal funding for services are considered the state and federal share of service provision. Under IDEA, districts are responsible for Child Find (identify, locate, evaluate) for children birth through 21 and for providing services for children age 3 through 21. Once a child is identified, services must be provided.
Districts may wish to consider the cost of not providing services at preschool and the potential for subsequent increased costs at kindergarten.
The requirement for the district where the nonpublic school is located to provide services for children with disabilities in a nonpublic school is based upon the definitions of elementary and secondary schools. In Ohio, districts of residence are always responsible for preschool children with disabilities. Because preschools in Ohio do not meet the definition of elementary school, it does not follow the rule.
If a journal entry is on file from the court for a preschooler who moves to another county, the responsibility of the original school district is dependent upon how the court addressed the educational rights of the child, and who retains those rights.
(2) FAPE for children beginning at age three
Each school district must ensure that:
(C) Limitation: exception to FAPE for certain ages
The obligation of the school district of residence to make FAPE available to all children with disabilities does not apply with respect to the following;
According to IDEA, the only time a child transitioning from Help Me Grow/Part C early intervention to preschool special education can have an IEP implementation date later than his or her third birthday is when the birthday is in the summer. For these children, data from Help Me Grow and additional source must be used to determine if the child requires extended school year (EYS) services to sustain current skills. If regression is a possibility, the district can provide different services than those during the school year, to ensure the child does not lose skills. A child who has lost skills because ESY was not provided can require additional attention and support once they begin the preschool program. ESY must be provided as required by Rule 3301-51-02(G) as discussed under IEP - 7.5 Special Factors and Considerations.
Note: This exception does not apply to children with birthdays in the spring.
The effective date can be the child's third birthday, and attendance begins according to the school calendar year. This must be documented on the IEP. (See Preschool - 10.4 Transition from Part C Early Intervention). The IEP must be completed by the child's third birthday. The effective dates of the IEP will follow the school calendar year as noted on the IEP.