When a Parent or Legal Guardian requests additional instructional supports, Georgia Cyber Academy follows these procedures:
For Academic concerns:
There are often students that struggle within the educational environment, possibly have been retained in current or previous grade (s), scored poorly on a standardized assessment and/or demonstrate areas of weakness in a specific subject area. Although very disconcerting, this does not necessarily indicate a child with a disability but could be categorized as a “struggling learner” who may require additional classroom supports and Response to Intervention (RTI).
Georgia guidelines for special education consideration support the need for “Response to Intervention” (RTI) data to research other explanations for student academic concerns prior to determining eligibility. The gathering of this data provides documentation for the committee to review when a special education referral is requested and/or eligibility determination is made.
RTI supports are put in place to monitor and assess academic progress using specific interventions over a period of time within the classroom setting. This monitoring period, along with teacher observations and review of any relevant data will assist the team with determining academic impact.
For Disability concerns:
Section 504 is a portion of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that bars discrimination against the disabled in all programs, agencies, etc., receiving federal funding, including public schools. Public schools must provide “reasonable accommodations” to allow participation and benefit by a disabled student.
Section 504 requires the use of evaluation procedures that ensure that students are not misclassified, unnecessarily labeled as having a disability, or incorrectly placed based on inappropriate selection, administration or interpretation of evaluation materials. Therefore, all 504 plan requests must be reviewed within 60 days to determine if a 504 plan is needed.
The 504 Coordinator will advise parents of the documentation that may be needed to help determine eligibility for a 504 plan. This may include a physician’s medical diagnosis and/or other documents.
504 plans may be determined necessary for a variety of permanent or temporary medical diagnoses, conditions, and/or disabilities.
Revoke Consent for Special Education Services:
Parents may revoke consent at any time by submitting the Revoke Consent form. Once the Revoke Consent form has been submitted, the school system will meet with the parents and complete a Prior Written Notice indicating the date the student will no longer receive special education and related services.
Prior Written Notice
—When a parent or student revokes consent for special education services, the system must complete prior written notice. The date in the proposed change in action date section in the prior written notice form is the date when the student will no longer receive special education and related services.
When consent is revoked:
- Parental rights for special education end.
- Rights to special education and related services end.
- Special education disciplinary protections end.
- Previous special education records or references remain.
- Rights to FAPE end.
- Any future requests for evaluation follow the initial evaluation procedures and the 60-day timeline.