Nonpublic School - Initial Referral

Nonpublic School (NPS) | Initial Referral

Nonpublic schools (NPS) provide educational settings and services to students who meet the eligibility criteria for special education and are experiencing behavior difficulties that are too significant to be accommodated within a public school environment.

 

 Pre-Referral

  • Convene an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to document the team's decision to refer the student for a change of placement to a NPS setting.
  • Complete the Nonpublic School Placement Referral form (D/M 134) and obtain the signatures of the person making the referral and the director of special education. Specify the team's preference for a specific NPS, if applicable.
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Referral

Forward the following completed documents to the attention of the Nonpublic School Coordinator at the SELPA.
  • D/M 134 Nonpublic School Placement Referral form
  • IEP or IEP Addendum dated within one year of the referral for NPS placement (Annual or Triennial IEP needs to be current)
  • Psycho-educational evaluation dated within three years of the referral for NPS placement
  • If the last triennial was completed with a Triennial Assessment Determination form (D/M 119), include the last full psycho-educational report
  • Any additional information

 

Timeline for Services

Within ten (1) business days of receipt of the completed referral packet, the Nonpublic School Coordinator at the SELPA will review the packet for completion and forward it to the LEA's NPS of choice.

The NPS will contact the parent and placement will be made within 10 business days.

The NPS will work directly with the LEA to schedule an IEP within 30 days of the student's placement at the school. The placement should be listed on an IEP or IEP Addendum including the NPS, start date, duration, and frequency. The IEP or IEP Addendum should be forwarded to the Nonpublic School Coordinator at the SELPA.

Within five business days of receipt of the Addendum to the IEP, the Nonpublic School Coordinator at the SELPA will develop a Master Contract with the NPS if one does not currently exist and an Individual Service Agreement (ISA). The ISA will be forwarded to the appropriate NPS for signature. The SELPA will enter the NPS placement into the SELPA Management Information System (MIS) database.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700