Oregon
Rule Rule 581-015-2090
Consent


(1)

Consent means that the parent or adult student:

(a)

Has been fully informed, in his or her native language or other mode of communication, of all information relevant to the activity for which consent is sought; and

(b)

Understands and agrees in writing to the carrying out of the activity for which his or her consent is sought.

(2)

Consent is voluntary on the part of the parent and meets the requirements of the consent provisions of this rule and 34 CFR 300.622 and 34 CFR 99.30 implementing IDEA, and FERPA respectively.

(3)

Consent for initial evaluation:

(a)

The school district must provide notice under OAR 581-015-2310 (Prior Written Notice) and obtain informed written consent from the parent or adult student before conducting an initial evaluation to determine if a child qualifies as a child with a disability under OAR 581-015-2130 (Autism Spectrum Disorder) through 581-015-2180 (Visual Impairment).

(A)

Consent for initial evaluation may not be construed as consent for the initial provision of special education and related services.

(B)

The school district must make reasonable efforts to obtain the informed consent from a parent for an initial evaluation to determine a child’s eligibility for special education services.

(b)

If a parent of a child enrolled in public school or seeking to be enrolled in public school does not provide consent for an initial evaluation, does not respond to a request for consent for an initial evaluation, or revokes consent for an initial evaluation, the school district may, but is not required to, pursue the initial evaluation of the child using mediation or due process hearing procedures. A district does not violate its child find obligations if it declines to pursue the evaluation using these procedures.

(c)

Consent for initial evaluation for a child who is a ward of the state may be obtained under OAR 581-015-2095 (Exceptions to Consent)(2).

(4)

Consent for initial provision of services:

(a)

A school district must obtain informed consent from the parent of the child before the initial provision of special education and related services to the child.

(b)

The school district must make reasonable efforts to obtain informed consent from the parent for the initial provision of special education and related services to the child.

(c)

If a parent or adult student does not respond or refuses to consent for initial provision of special education and related services or revokes consent for the initial provision of special education and related services, the school district may not seek to provide special education and related services to the child by using mediation or due process hearing procedures.

(d)

If a parent or adult student refuses to grant consent for initial provision of special education and related services, does not respond to a request to provide such consent, or revokes consent for the initial provision of special education and related services:

(A)

The school district will not be considered to be in violation of the requirement to make available a free appropriate public education to the child for the failure to provide the child with the special education and related services for which the school district requests consent; and

(B)

The school district is not required to convene an IEP meeting or develop an IEP for the child for the special education and related services for which the school district requests such consent.

(e)

If, at any time subsequent to the initial provision of special education and related services, the parent or adult student revokes consent in writing for the continued provision of special education and related services, the school district

(A)

May not continue to provide special education and related services to the student, but must provide prior written notice in accordance with OAR 581-015-2310 (Prior Written Notice) before ceasing the provision of special education and related services; and

(B)

Is not required to amend the student’s education records to remove any references to the student’s receipt of special education and related services because of the revocation of consent.

(5)

Consent for reevaluation:

(a)

A school district must obtain informed parent consent before conducting any reevaluation of a child with a disability, except as provided in subsections (b) and OAR 581-015-2095 (Exceptions to Consent).

(b)

If a parent refuses to consent to the reevaluation or revokes consent for the reevaluation, the school district may, but is not required to, pursue the reevaluation by using mediation or due process hearing procedures. A district does not violate its child find obligations if it declines to pursue the reevaluation using these procedures.

(6)

Consent to Access Public Benefits or Insurance:

(a)

Prior to accessing a child or parent’s public benefits or insurance for the first time, or disclosing a child’s personally identifiable information to a State’s public benefits or insurance program for the first time, a public agency or school district must obtain informed consent in accordance with IDEA 34 CFR 300.622 and the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA (34 CFR 99.30).

(b)

Such consent must specify:

(A)

The personally identifiable information that may be disclosed (e.g., records or information about the services that may be provided to a particular child);

(B)

The purpose of the disclosure (e.g., billing for services), and

(C)

The agency to which the disclosure may be made (e.g., the State’s public benefits or insurance program (e.g., Medicaid); and

(D)

Specify that the parent understands and agrees that the public agency may access the child’s or parent’s public benefits or insurance to pay for services.

(7)

Revocation of consent:

(a)

A parent or adult student may revoke consent at any time before the completion of the activity or action for which they have given consent.

(A)

A parent or adult student may revoke consent for an evaluation or reevaluation that has not yet been conducted.

(B)

A parent or adult student may revoke consent for the provision of special education services in writing at any time before or during the provision of those services.

(C)

A parent or adult student may revoke consent for release of personally identifiable information to the State’s public benefits or insurance program (e.g., Medicaid).

(b)

If a parent or adult student revokes consent, that revocation is not retroactive.

(8)

Other consent requirements:

(a)

The school district must document its reasonable efforts to obtain parent consent in accordance with OAR 581-015-2195 (Additional Parent Participation Requirements for IEP and Placement Meetings)(3).

(b)

If a parent of a child who is home schooled or placed in a private school by the parents at their own expense does not provide consent for the initial evaluation or the reevaluation, or the parent does not respond to a request for consent:

(A)

The school district may not use mediation or due process hearing procedures to seek consent; and

(B)

The school district is not required to consider the child as eligible for special education services.

(c)

A refusal to consent to one service or activity may not be used to deny the parent or child any other service, benefit, or activity of the school district, except as provided in this rule.
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