Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED),
has reaffirmed its 2007
guidance letter to ASHA [PDF] on missed related services in school
settings. In a communication to state special education directors, OSEP
reiterated that the determination of whether an interruption in services
constitutes a denial of a free appropriate public education is an individual
determination that must be made on a case-by case basis.
Because some speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in school
settings continue to experience concerns about blanket policies for making up
missed services, ASHA recently lobbied OSEP for additional assistance in
reaffirming its 2007 letter on this issue to state special education directors.
OSEP's 2007 guidance letter was in response to a letter from ASHA seeking
clarification on how to handle missed sessions when speech-language pathology
services are missed due to the child’s absence from school, cancellation for a
class or school activity (e.g., field trip, assembly), or absence of the SLP
due to illness or family emergency. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.