Autism Scholarship Program: Information For Districts

If a disability is suspected, the school district of residence will conduct an initial evaluation. If the student is determined to be a child with a disability, the district of residence will also conduct reevaluations.

If the child is enrolled in a non-public school, then the district where the non-public school is located is responsible for conducting evaluations and reevaluations.

The district of residence is responsible for developing an initial IEP that offers a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and annually updates the IEP.

The student does not have to be enrolled in the district, statute states the student must be eligible to enter any grade PK through 12 in the district in which the child is entitled to attend school. The child must provide the district with the information necessary to create a Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) and verify residence, but they do not have to be enrolled in the district for the district to complete the evaluation and IEP.

The on-line application system will be collecting the data elements required to establish an SSID for the student. If the student is not already enrolled in the district, the parent will also need to provide the district with their child's birth certificate and proof of address so that the district can establish residency and generate a Statewide Student Identifier (SSID).

A public school district can register as a scholarship provider for scholarship students, but they cannot provide services to students who reside in their district. They can only offer services to students whose parents would otherwise be required to pay a fee for those services.

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Last Modified: 9/5/2023 11:18:51 AM