John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

2460A - SURROGATE PARENTS OF DISABLED STUDENTS

Determination of Students in Need of a Surrogate Parent

When communication is not forthcoming from the student's parent or legal guardian (which for the purposes of this section does not include any governmental agency or entity), the following activities shall be undertaken and documented:

 A.A written inquiry will be sent to the adult in charge of the student's place of residence, as well as to the parent or legal guardian at the last known address.

 B.If it is determined that the student is without a parent or guardian, or if it is otherwise known that they are unavailable, a letter shall be mailed to the student's current address or residence.

Criteria for the Selection of Parent Surrogates

The following qualifications will be used in selecting a Surrogate Parent. The surrogate parent:

 A.Shall not be the employee of any educational agency responsible for providing education to the disabled student, an agency involved in the care of the child, or a member of the State Department of Education.

 B.Shall have no interests that conflict with the interests of the student represented.

 C.To the maximum extent possible, will match the environmental and linguistic background of the student represented.

 D.Will reside in geographic proximity of the student represented.

 E.Will be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Terms of Appointment as a Surrogate Parent

Terms of appointment are renewable at the discretion of the Superintendent and can be terminated for cause (e.g., the student is no longer in need of a surrogate parent, failure to perform required responsibilities or meet established criteria).

Recommended Caseload for Surrogate Parents

A maximum caseload of four (4) students is recommended, unless the students are from the same family.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Surrogate Parent

The surrogate parent shall successfully complete any training program prescribed by the State Department of Education.

The surrogate parent shall represent the student in all matters relating to:

 A.the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of the student, and

 B.the provision of a free appropriate public education to the student.