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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 6:120-R2

Instruction
Administrative Procedure - Access to Classrooms and Personnel

Access to classrooms and personnel is permitted in limited situations by Section 105 ILCS 5/14-8.02(g-5).  Guidelines follow:

1.  These guidelines apply to access requested by the parent/guardian of a student receiving special education services or being evaluated for eligibility, an independent educational evaluator, or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent/guardian or child. A qualified professional means "an individual who holds credentials to evaluate the child in the domain or domains for which an evaluation is sought or an intern working under the direct supervision of a qualified professional, including a master's or doctoral degree candidate." These individuals are referred to in this procedure as visitors.

2.  Visitors will be afforded reasonable access to educational facilities, personnel, classrooms, and buildings and to the child.  To minimize disruption, reasonable access means that the parent(s)/guardian(s) or qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent/guardian or child is allowed access once per school quarter for up to one hour or one class period.  A visitor may request the authorized administrator to grant longer or additional observations based on individual circumstances and provide any supporting documentation in support of such a request.  A professional evaluator can request longer or additional observations in his or her initial request.  the administrator may grant, deny, or modify the request, and the administrator's decision shall be final.

3.  Visitors must comply with:

a.  School safety, security, and visitation policies at all times.

b.  Applicable privacy laws, including those laws protecting the confidentiality of education records such as the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Illinois School Student Records Act.

c.  Board policy 8:30, Visitors to and Conduct on School Property.  Visitors may not disrupt the educational process.

4.  If the visitor is a parent/guardian, he or she will be afforded reasonable access as described above for the purpose of:

a.  Observing his or her child in the child's current educational placement, services, or program, or

b.  Visiting an educational placement or program proposed for the child by the IEP team.

5.  If the visitor is an independent educational evaluator or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent or child, he or she must be afforded reasonable access of sufficient duration and scope for the purpose of conducting an evaluation of the child, the child's performance, the child's current educational program, placement, services, or environment, or any educational program, placement, services, or environment proposed for the child, including interviews of educational personnel, child observations, assessments, tests, or assessments of the child's educational program, services, or placement or of any educational program proposed by the IEP team, services, or placement.  If one or more interviews of school personnel are part of the evaluation, the interviews must be conducted at a mutually agreed upon time, date, and place that do not interfere with the school employee's school duties.  The Building Principal or designee may limit interviews to personnel having information relevant to the child's current educational services, program, or placement or to a proposed educational service, program, or placement.

6.  Prior to visiting a school, school building, or school facility, a visitor must complete 6:120-E1, Request to Access Classroom(s) or Personnel for Special Education Evaluation and/or Observation Purposes.  This form serves to:

a. Inform the Building Principal or designee in writing of the proposed visit(s), the purpose, and the duration, and

b.  Identify requested dates/times for the visit(s) to facilitate scheduling.

7.  The student's parent/guardian must consent in writing to the student being interviewed by the named evaluator as part of a visit.  The parent/guardian will grant this consent by completing 6:120-E1, Request to Access Classroom(s) or Personnel for Special Education and/or Observation Purposes.

8.  The student's parent/guardian, or the student, if he or she is over the age of 18, must execute an Authorization to Release Student Record Information before an independent educational evaluator or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent/guardian or child will be given access to student school records or to personnel who would likely release such records during discussions about the student.  If a student is over the age of 12 and the records contain mental health and/or developmental disability information, the student must also be requested to sign the Authorization to Release information before any observation by or disclosure of school student records information to a visitor.

9.  The visitor must acknowledge, before the visit, that he or she is obligated to honor students' confidentiality rights and refrain from any re-disclosure of such records.  the visitor will provide this acknowledgement and agreement by completing 6:120-E1, Request to Access Classroom(s) or Personnel for Special Education Evaluation and/or Observation Purposes.

10. The Building Principal or designee will attempt to arrange the visit(s) at times that are mutually agreeable.  The Building Principal or designee will accompany any visitor for the duration of the visit, including during any interviews of staff members.

11. If the visitor is a professional retained by the parent/guardian, the visitor must provide identification and credentials before the visit.

12. This procedure applies to any public school facility, building or program and to any facility, building, or program supported in whole or in part by public funds.  The student's case manager or other District designee must facilitate such visit(s) when the student attends a program outside of the School District, such as at a private day program or residential program, provided it is supported in whole or in part by public funds.


        
REVIEWED:  September 13, 2010

ADOPTED:   September 27, 2010

REVIEWED:  December 7, 2015

REVISED:   February 8, 2016