OSEP Reaffirms Guidance on Missed Services

January 12, 2016

The 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.

Background

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 schools@asha.org.


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