Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education
(1)The provisions of OAR 581-015-2400 (Definitions) through 581-015-2435 (Requirements of an Interim Alternative Educational Setting) apply to children not yet identified as children with disabilities if the school district had knowledge that the child was a child with a disability.
(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) of this rule, a school district “had knowledge” if, before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred:
(a)The parent of the child expressed a concern in writing to supervisory or administrative school personnel, or a teacher of the child, that the child is in need of special education and related services;
(b)The parent of the child requested a special education evaluation of the child; or
(c)The teacher of the child, or other school personnel, expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated by the child directly to the school district’s director of special education or other supervisory personnel of the district.
(3)Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2) of this rule, a school district will not be considered to have had knowledge that the child was a child with a disability if:
(a)The parent of the child has not allowed an evaluation of the child or has refused services under OAR 581-015-2090 (Consent);
(b)The child has been evaluated in accordance with OAR 581-015-2090 (Consent)–581-015-2180 (Visual Impairment), and the child was determined not eligible; or
(c)The parent or adult student has revoked consent for the continued provision of special education and related services pursuant to OAR 581-015-2090 (Consent)(4)(a)(B) or 581-015-2735 (Parent Consent for ECSE)(4)(a)(B).
(4)If the school district did not have knowledge before taking disciplinary action against the child, the district may take the same disciplinary actions as applied to children without disabilities who engaged in comparable behaviors. However:
(a)If a special education evaluation is requested or if the school district initiates a special education evaluation, the evaluation must be conducted in an expedited manner.
(b)Until the evaluation is completed, the child remains in the educational placement determined by school personnel, which can include suspension, expulsion, or placement in alternative education under OAR 581-021-0071 (District Information for Parents and Students Regarding the Availability of Alternative Education Programs).
(c)If, on completion of the evaluation, the child is determined to be a child with a disability, the school district must conduct an IEP meeting to develop an IEP and determine placement and must provide special education and related services.
(d)The provisions of OAR 581-015-2400 (Definitions)–581-015-2435 (Requirements of an Interim Alternative Educational Setting) and 581-015-2445 (Expedited Due Process Hearings) apply beginning on the date of the eligibility determination.
Rule 581-015-2440 — Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education,