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The Orange County School District is required to complete a state document titled “Special Programs and Procedures – SP& P” to ensure that the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act have been implemented. The document also verifies that all Florida statutes and state rules relative to students with disabilities are followed.

The legal requirement for this document is based on Florida Statute 1003.574(3) and State Board Rule 6A-6.03411 of the Florida Administrative Code. The SP & P contains all of the procedures for providing specially designed instruction and related services for exceptional students in Orange County. The current document was approved by the Orange County School Board on March 1, 2005 and covers school years 2004-2005 through 2006-2007. This document is in effect until the state revises the process for future school years.

The Orange County School District has utilized the state adopted procedural safeguards for parents of students with disabilities and provides copies to parents at the mandated intervals. The documents are available to parents in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole. A parent brochure also outlines resources available in Orange County and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the SP & P, each school district in Florida has developed specific policies and procedures for the Exceptional Student Education process. The purpose of the district procedures is to ensure that all guidelines, regulations and mandates from the federal and state law are administered on a consistent basis throughout the school district and that parents and community stakeholders are informed relative to issues regarding students with disabilities.

IDEA 2004 Information 

FLDOE Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Amended-Adopted ESE Rules

FL Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services Publications

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