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State Special Schools Admission Criteria

Title 5.  EDUCATION

Division 1.  California Department of Education

Chapter 18. California State Schools for the Deaf, Blind

            Subchapter 2.  State Special Schools Admission Process

Article 2.  California School for the Blind

  1. § 17664. Definitions.

      (a) An “applicant” includes “blind or visually impaired applicant,” and “deaf-blind applicant” and is a pupil between the age of 3 through 21 whose primary disability is a severe sensory loss which limits their ability to access the general education curriculum and who seeks admission into California School for the Blind’s (CSB) educational program.

      (b) “Assessment of suitability for placement” is the period of evaluation and review for purposes of determining whether the CSB is the appropriate placement for an applicant.

      (c) “Enrollment” is the registration of the applicant into CSB’s educational program.

      (d) “Severe sensory loss” is a loss of vision, or vision and hearing combined, that severely affects the pupil’s ability to access the general education or alternative curriculum and causes difficulty to such an extent that it adversely affects his/her educational performance requiring the services of personnel trained to work with blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind children.

      (e) “Temporary assignment” is an applicant’s presence at the School for purposes of completing an assessment of suitability for placement at the school.  Temporary assignment shall not exceed the time limits set forth in Education Code section 56344(a), and does not guarantee admission.  For purposes of stay put, the temporary assignment shall not constitute the last agreed upon placement.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 59020, Education Code. Reference: 5 CCR section 3030(a); Section 56342(a), Education Code; 34 CFR Section 300.555.

§ 17665. Admission Process for the California School for the Blind (CSB).

      For purposes of determining whether an applicant is qualified for enrollment in CSB, the following process shall be followed:

      (a) The school district of residence (LEA) shall refer an applicant to CSB by submitting an application packet to CSB.

      (b) The completed application packet must be received by CSB within 60 calendar days of the referral.  It is the responsibility of the LEA to complete the application packet and submit it to CSB.  Applications not completed within 60 days of the referral shall be returned to the applicant’s district of residence (LEA), and the applicant shall not be assessed for suitability of placement at CSB. 

      (c) The Application shall contain the following information, assessments and reports:

      (1) The last three years of IEP or IFSP if completed;

      (2) An Ophthalmologic or optometric assessment completed within one year of the date of the application;

      (3) The current assessments and/or reports prepared pursuant to Education Code sections 56320, et seq. and 56352, and as required to comply with Education Code section 56381; and

      (4) Any additional assessments and/or reports dated within two years of the date of the application of admission which document:

      (A) The impact of the applicant’s vision or vision and hearing loss,

      (B) The applicant’s inability to visually or visually and auditorily access the general education curriculum; and

      (C) Any other disabilities, conditions, or behaviors that may affect the applicant’s ability to access the general education curriculum.

      (d) Once a completed application has been received, CSB shall initiate and complete an assessment of suitability for placement at CSB, in accordance with Education Code section 56344.  It is the sole responsibility of the applicant’s district of residence (LEA) to ensure compliance with Education Code section 56321 prior to CSB’s commencement of the applicant’s assessment for suitability for placement. This assessment plan may include temporary assignment at CSB for purposes of determining eligibility for enrollment in the day or residential program and should include any necessary and appropriate amendments to the IEP to ensure appropriate services during this temporary assignment. 

      (e) Prior to the completion of the assessment of suitability for placement at CSB, the applicant’s IEP team, including the appropriate CSB personnel, shall meet to determine the appropriate placement. The IEP team may not make a determination of placement at CSB without the agreement of CSB personnel. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 59020, Education Code. Reference: 5 CCR Section 3030(a); Section 56342(a), Education Code; 34 CFR Section 300.555.

§ 17666. Eligibility for Enrollment in CSB’s Day Program.

      Applicants may be considered for admission if they can demonstrate they will benefit educationally from the CSB instructional program by showing:

      (a) Applicant demonstrates that his or her primary educational needs are related to a severe sensory loss such that it affects the pupil’s ability to access the general education or alternative curriculum.

      (b) The ability to attend to non-visual stimuli.

      (c) The ability to benefit from disability-specific instruction, as demonstrated by the following:

      (1) potential to learn Braille, potential to use low vision aids;

      (2) potential to benefit from expanded core curriculum instruction; and

      (3) potential to benefit from adaptations to the environment.

      (d) The ability to learn simple mobility patterns and routes around campus, as demonstrated by the following: 

      (1) The potential to use the white cane;

      (2) The potential to orient self in space;

      (3) The potential to learn own body and body parts; and

      (4) The potential to learn concepts of directionality.

      (e) Applicant demonstrates the ability to access the general education or alternative curriculum with reasonable accommodations without requiring a fundamental alteration of the educational program of CSB.

NOTE:  Authority cited: Section 59020, Education Code. Reference: Sections 56350 and 56352, Education Code.    

§ 17667. Eligibility for Enrollment in CSB’s Residential Program.

      Applicants eligible for CSB’s day program are not automatically enrolled into the residential program.  Enrollment into CSB’s residential program is a separate and distinct consideration even for a pupil currently enrolled in CSB’s day program.  An applicant who meets the criteria established by section 17666 may also be admitted into CSB’s residential program, if CSB determines:

  •       (a) The applicant resides beyond a 60-minute commute each way between home and CSB using transportation the LEA provides for day pupils.
  •       (b) The applicant has the ability to respond independently and appropriately to life-threatening situations.
  •       (c) The responsible local school district and parent/guardian have approved the applicant’s placement in the residential program.
  •       (d) The applicant does not have a history of un-rehabilitated behavior that poses a threat to themselves and/or others, including but not limited to substance abuse, fire-starting, sexually predatory behavior or assault.
  • NOTE:  Authority cited: Section 59020, Education Code.  Reference: Section 59020, Education Code.

 

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