40 Nonpublic Schools and Nonpublic Agencies


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40.1 Nonpublic Schools

  • For information about nonpublic school (NPS), refer to section 40.1
  • For information about a student that transfers to the district with an IEP for NPS, refer to section 40.1.4

40.2  Nonpublic Agencies

 

After other placements have been attempted, an IEP team may determine that particular students with exceptional needs require a nonpublic school setting.  The school district may enter into a contract with a state-certified nonpublic, nonsectarian school to provide full or part time educational services, at no cost to the students' parents.

Placement is made only after sufficient documentation that accommodations and modifications, alternative strategies and interventions have occurred at the school of residence/attendance or within a less restrictive special education setting and a review of placement is completed. Students should have a significant amount of SAI support hours documented on the IEP that shows the student received the maximum support possible in the least restrictive environment for the student.

As in any instance in which the district is considering a significant change of placement, an assessment(s) must be conducted to determine the student’s needs and services.

40.1                Nonpublic Schools

A nonpublic, nonsectarian school is a private, nonsectarian school that enrolls individuals with exceptional needs pursuant to an individualized education program, employs at least one full-time teacher who holds an appropriate credential authorizing special education services, and is certified by the California Department of Education.  Nonpublic schools must abide by all the laws and regulations that govern public schools and must meet the standards prescribed by the state superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education.  They must be committed to return students to the public schools when the students are ready and an appropriate public school program is available, as determined by the student's IEP team.

40.1.1             Referral to NPS

The Specialized Settings program office is responsible for all nonpublic school case management.  The referral process is the following:

  1. School site staff must consult with the district level support person for the student's current placement regarding the specific needs of the student and the strategies that have been put in place to work with the student prior to considering placement in a nonpublic school. 
  1. After consultation with the district level support person, complete the Request for Alternative Placement Consultation form and submit it to the Specialized Settings NPS Coordinator.  (Forms/Links
  1. The NPS Coordinator will review and consult with the student’s site staff about the student’s needs. 
  1. The IEP team will then determine if a nonpublic school placement is appropriate and develop the IEP. 

The primary and related services listed on the IEP continue to be the same services the student currently receives.  The IEP must indicate what placement and services are being implemented at the school site while the process for securing a NPS placement for the student is occurring, until a NPS accepts the student, and until the student transfers to the NPS.  The case manager also stays the same until a NPS placement is made.

 The Team Action page must indicate the IEP team’s determination that the student should be referred to non-public schools for possible acceptance and placement. 

  1. A Team Action statement must commemorate the district’s intent to place the student in NPS. 

Example:

  •  (box on the left) “IEP team determined (Name) will be referred to NPS sites for possible placement.  If (Name) is accepted at a NPS, the district will place (Name) at that NPS.  Related services will be provided at the NPS per the District’s contract.” 
  •  (middle box) the action will be, “Referral packet will be sent to Specialized Settings for processing.” 
  •  (box on the right) the responsible person is the case manager.
  1. If the IEP team determines that any additional services will be provided at the school site prior to the student transferring to a NPS, those services may also be listed on the Team Action page.
  2. A nonpublic school referral packet must be completed upon parent/guardian consent of the IEP that indicates the student’s needs would best be met in a NPS setting.  The referral packet must include the following documents:
  • Request for Nonpublic School Placement form; (Forms/Links)
  • Most current IEP indicating on Team Action nonpublic school as most appropriate placement
  • Assessment reports (psychological, academic, nurse and any related services such as speech/language, occupational therapy, etc.)
  • MHRS referral and/or Behavior Support Plan or Behavior Intervention Plan, as appropriate; and
  • F-12 transportation form
  1. The completed packet must be submitted to:

Specialized Settings

Whittier School

3401 Clairemont Drive

San Diego, CA 92117

  1. Upon receipt of the completed packet, the Program Manager for nonpublic schools and NPS Coordinator will identify the appropriate nonpublic school(s) where the student’s IEP can be implemented.  The NPS Coordinator will inform the site case manager of the student’s acceptance at a NPS if/when the student is accepted.

 

40.1.2             Placement in NPS

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After notification that the student has been accepted into a NPS, a nonpublic school case manager will be assigned for future monitoring of the case.  The (sending) school will forward the student’s special education container and cum folder to the Nonpublic School Office. 

 

40.1.3             Monitoring of Nonpublic School Placements

School psychologists or Education Specialists are case managers for all students placed by the district in nonpublic schools.  The case managers monitor the progress of students placed in a NPS and report their findings at annual, triennial and any other IEP meetings convened for the student.  The case managers also serve as liaisons with family and community agencies, and assist nonpublic schools with the dual enrollment of students in public and nonpublic schools.  Finally, case managers and other district assessors (e.g., specialists in academic assessment, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.) complete triennial reviews and other assessments, as required.
 

40.1.4              Transfer Student Entering with an IEP for NPS

If a student enters the district from another district and has an IEP indicating placement in a NPS, the following steps must be completed:

  1. The student will first have to enroll at the school of residence (SOR) in order to be processed.  Make a records request to the previous district right away.
  2. The student may attend the SOR pending NPS acceptance/placement and transportation services, if necessary.
  1. The Education Specialist at the SOR must contact the district level support person and NPS Coordinator to inform them of the student’s enrollment and out of district IEP.
  • It must be determined whether the student’s out of district IEP has parent consent and was implemented at a NPS. 
    • If there is no consent to the IEP, the student will attend the school of residence with services from the last agreed-upon and implemented IEP from the previous district.  Contact the previous site to obtain a copy of that IEP.
    • If there is consent but the IEP was never implemented, the NPS Coordinator will determine next steps, which may include proceeding with a referral and placement, or the student may continue to attend the school of residence.

 Generally, if the student was already attending a NPS, the NPS Coordinator will refer the student to district-contracted NPS sites for possible placement.  Placement will be made when a NPS accepts the student.  If the student attended a NPS with which the district already has a contract, the student will continue at that NPS.
 

40.2                Nonpublic Agencies

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The district rarely uses nonpublic agency services, as we are able to provide resources and services for students in all but extreme cases.

Prior consultation with Specialized Settings is necessary before offering NPA placement or services.

 As in any instance in which the district is considering a significant change of placement, an assessment(s) must be conducted to determine the student’s needs and services.

If an IEP team determines that none of the service options offered by the San Diego Unified School district are appropriate for particular students with exceptional needs, the school district may enter into a contract with a state-certified nonpublic, nonsectarian agency to provide full or part time educational services, at no cost to the students' parents.

 

40.2.1            Definition of Nonpublic Agency

A nonpublic, nonsectarian agency is "a private, nonsectarian agency that provides educational services to individuals with exceptional needs pursuant to an individualized education program, employs at least one full-time teacher who holds an appropriate credential authorizing special education services, and is certified by the State Department of Education..." Nonpublic agencies must abide by all the laws and regulations that govern public schools and must meet the standards prescribed by the state superintendent of public instruction and the State Board of Education. They must be committed to return students to the public services when the students are ready and an appropriate public school program is available, as determined by the student's IEP team.

 

40.2.2            Referrals/Processing of IEPs

The Specialized Services department is responsible for processing Nonpublic Agency referrals and monitoring payment to the agencies.
 

School site staff must consult with the district level support person for student's current placement regarding the specific needs of the student and how to utilize support staff that exists in their current or other district placement. This consultation will support the team in making the most appropriate decision for the student. After consultation with the district level support person and the appropriate manager/supervisor, the IEP team determines if the nonpublic agency is appropriate. The IEP is developed by the IEP team.
 

If the NPA service will be a primary placement at an agency site:

Follow the steps in 40.1.1 through 40.1.3 above, substituting nonpublic agency (NPA) instead of nonpublic school (NPS).

If the NPA service will be a related service (NPA aide), the contents of the IEP will include:

  • Team Action page, which must contain a statement that the “student will receive NPA services until data supports fading, and to be reviewed at each annual IEP meeting. See fading plan for specific fading procedures.”
  • Goals, written by IEP team, that target building independence in the student. These can be replacement behavior goals, communication goals, or other goals that, if met, will make the student less dependent on 1:1 adult support.  NPA provider should be listed as one of the team members responsible for the goal as well as case manager and other important team members.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan must be included with the IEP and must describe how the classroom staff is supporting the student’s behavior and/or progress toward independence.
  • Fading plan must be completed and included as part of the IEP. This plan must address how the NPA service will be faded as student achieves independence.

A nonpublic agency referral packet must be completed upon parent/guardian consent of the IEP that indicates the student’s needs would best be met with NPA services.  The referral packet must include the following documents:

  1. The Request for Nonpublic Agency form. (Forms/Links)
  2. A copy of the IEP – including signatures - indicating nonpublic agency related services
  3. Assessment reports that may have been generated such as supplemental support, psychological, academic, nurse and any related service such as speech/language, occupational therapy, etc.
  4. Behavior Intervention Plan
  5. Fading Plan

Upon receipt of the completed packet, Specialized Services will identify the appropriate nonpublic agency to implement the related service on the student’s IEP.

Send the completed packet to:

Specialized Settings

Whittier School

3401 Clairemont Drive

San Diego, CA 92117

 

40.2.3            Monitoring of Nonpublic Agencies

Case managers must monitor the progress of students who receive nonpublic agency services. Case managers must report their findings at annual and triennial IEP reviews and at IEP meetings held to review student services and progress. Data and progress reports must be provided by nonpublic agencies and monitored by case managers every six weeks of school.

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Contact Information:

Specialized Settings

858-490-2770

Location:

Whittier
3401 Clairemont Dr.

San Diego, CA  92117