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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 65001]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

PART 30. SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS [56000 - 56865]

  ( Part 30 repealed and added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )
  

CHAPTER 4. Identification and Referral, Assessment, Instructional Planning, Implementation,and Review [56300 - 56385]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )
  

ARTICLE 3. Instructional Planning and Individualized Education Program [56340 - 56347]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )

  
56346.  

(a) A public agency, as defined in Section 56028.5, that is responsible for making a free appropriate public education and related services to the child with a disability under this part shall seek to obtain informed consent from the parent of the child before providing special education and related services to the child pursuant to Section 1414(a)(1)(D)(i)(II) of Title 20 of the United States Code. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to obtain informed consent from the parent for the initial provision of special education and related services to the child in accordance with Section 300.300(b)(2) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(b) If the parent of the child fails to respond or refuses to consent to the initiation of services pursuant to subdivision (a), the public agency shall not provide special education and related services to the child by utilizing the procedures in Section 1415 of Title 20 of the United States Code or the procedures in subdivision (e) of Section 56506 in order to obtain agreement or a ruling that the services may be provided to the child.

(c) If the parent of the child refuses to consent to the initial provision of special education and related services, or the parent fails to respond to a request to provide the consent, both of the following are applicable:

(1) The public agency shall 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 public agency requests consent.

(2) The public agency shall not be required to convene an individualized education program team meeting or develop an individualized education program under this part for the child for the special education and related services for which the public agency requests consent.

(d) (1) Pursuant to Section 300.300(b)(4) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, if the parent or guardian of a child submits a written revocation of his or her consent pursuant to this section at any time subsequent to the initial provision of special education and related services to the child, the public agency shall not do either of the following:

(A) Continue to provide special education and related services to the child, but shall provide prior written notice to the child’s parent or guardian in accordance with Section 56500.4 before ceasing the provision of the special education and related services.

(B) Use the procedural safeguards specified in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 56500), including mediation and the due process complaint procedures, to obtain agreement or a ruling that the services may be provided to the child.

(2) A public agency shall be deemed in compliance with the requirement to make a free appropriate public education available to a child if the agency ceases to provide the child with further special education and related services pursuant to this subdivision. A public agency is not required to convene an individualized education program team meeting or develop an individualized education program pursuant to this article for the child for further provision of special education and related services.

(e) If the parent of the child consents in writing to the receipt of special education and related services for the child but does not consent to all of the components of the individualized education program, those components of the program to which the parent has consented shall be implemented so as not to delay providing instruction and services to the child.

(f) With the exception of a parent of a child who fails to respond pursuant to subdivision (b), or refuses to consent to services pursuant to subdivision (b), if the public agency determines that the proposed special education program component to which the parent does not consent is necessary to provide a free appropriate public education to the child, a due process hearing shall be initiated in accordance with Section 1415(f) of Title 20 of the United States Code. If a due process hearing is held, the hearing decision shall be the final administrative determination and shall be binding upon the parties. While a resolution session, mediation conference, or due process hearing is pending, the child shall remain in his or her current placement, unless the parent and the public agency agree otherwise.

(g) In accordance with Section 300.300(d)(4)(i) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, if the 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 assessment or the reassessment, or the parent fails to respond to a request to provide consent, the public agency shall not use the consent override procedures described in Section 300.300(a)(3) and (c)(1) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The public agency is not required to consider the child as eligible for services under Article 5.6 (commencing with Section 56170) of Chapter 2.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 243, Sec. 2. (AB 1841) Effective January 1, 2011.)