Navigating Special Education regulations for a student not in public school can be complicated. If you live in the Mamaroneck school district but privately send your student to a school outside of the district, the district where the nonpublic school is located (District of Location) is responsible for much of the special education process. This includes individual evaluations and development of individualized education service programs (IESPs) for students with disabilities, conducting the Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings, and providing special education services to students with disabilities.
The following information is important for you to know:
- If you have placed your child in a nonpublic school and, while the child is enrolled in that school, you suspect that the student has a disability, you must contact the school district where the nonpublic school is located (District of Location) to request an evaluation to determine your child's eligibility for special education services.
- If your child has an existing IEP and is going to be placed by you in a nonpublic school and wish your child to receive special education services while enrolled in that school, you must request those services in writing no later than June 1 before the school year in which services are to be provided. The exception to this is only when the student is first identified after June 1st. Additionally, if you moved into the district after June 1 you have 30 days to request services from the District of Location.
- If the nonpublic school where you place your child is located within the geographic boundaries of the Mamaroneck school district, Mamaroneck will continue to provide IEP services to your child, if you request such services by June 1.
- If the nonpublic school where you place your child is located within the geographic boundaries of another public school district, the public school district in which the nonpublic school is located will arrange for and provide the recommended services for your child. The personnel and locations for the delivery of those services will be determined by that school district. Federal and state law requires this.
- If the nonpublic school where you place your child is located in another state, your child may not be entitled to all of his/her IEP services.
- Transportation requests from your child's home to the nonpublic school should continue to be submitted to the school district where your child legally resides by April 1 of the school year before transportation is to be provided.
If you have any questions regarding these new requirements, please contact the Office of Student Support Services at (914) 220-3060.