POLICY FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF SURROGATE PARENTS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Huron Valley Schools
This Policy for the Appointment of Surrogate Parents for Special Education Services applies to the education of individuals covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004.
It is the policy of the Huron Valley Schools to ensure that the rights of a child are protected when:
1. No parent, as defined in 34 C.F.R. §300.30, can be identified; or
2. The public agency, after reasonable efforts, cannot discover the whereabouts of a parent; or
3. The child is a ward of the state under the laws of the state; or
4. The child is an unaccompanied homeless child or youth as defined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
The duty of Huron Valley Schools under the aforementioned laws includes the assignment of an individual to act as a "surrogate for the parent," and requires the development of a method for:
1. determining whether a child needs a surrogate parent, and
2. assigning a surrogate parent to the child.
The "surrogate parent" may represent the child in all matters relating to:
1. the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of the child, and
2. the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the child.
Legal Reference: 34 C.F.R. §300.519