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The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) is excited to announce the release of the Procedures (Volumes I, II, III, and IV) for State Board Policy 7219 Regarding Children with Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004. Volume V (Secondary Transition) will be posted later following additional revisions.
The Procedures for implementation of State Board Policy 7219 consist of multiple volumes and are intended to assist public agencies implement State Board Policy 7219, which are the State Policies Regarding Children with Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 (IDEA 2004). The Procedures do not replace the State Policies. They represent a collection of resources that can be used by public agencies to implement the requirements of the State Policies and IDEA.
The Procedures include information about the requirements of IDEA and State Board Policy 7219, recommendations from the MDE/OSE and the Division of Instructional Support. Information included in the Procedures represents guidance on best practices as determined by research and professional practice.
Specific directives or requirements of IDEA and/or State Board Policy are referenced in the Procedures and include the words must or may not in the statements. Statements that include the words should or may in the Procedures reflect recommendations and best practice guidance and are not mandates of the MDE/OSE.
The forms included in the Procedures are not required forms, rather they are suggested or recommended forms designed to provide public agencies with the appropriate forms for their use in implementing and documenting the requirements of IDEA and State Board Policy 7219. (Note: The only required forms included in the Procedures are the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) form and the Extended School Year (ESY) Fact Sheet.)
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