This is a redacted version of the original decision. Select details have been removed from the decision to preserve anonymity of the student. The redactions do not affect the substance of the document.
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER
EXPEDITED DUE PROCESS HEARING
Name of Child: C.P.
Date of Birth:
Date of Hearing:
June 14, 2013
Parties to the Hearing:
Central Bucks School District 16 Welden Drive Doylestown, PA 18901
Scott Wolpert, Esquire
400 Maryland Drive PO Box 7544 Fort Washington, PA 19034
Date Transcript Received: June 16, 2013
Date of Decision: June 29, 2013
Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO
Student1 is a late-high-school-age student who is eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] under the current classification of autism and speech/language impairment and consequently a protected handicapped individual under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [Section 504] as well as the federal and state regulations implementing those statutes.
The current matter concerns an expedited due process request from the Parents addressing the question of the location of Student’s Extended School Year [ESY] program for summer 2013. The Parents would like Student to receive ESY in the public high school, maintaining that this placement represents the Least Restrictive Environment [LRE] and can be successful if the District puts the proper supports into that setting. The District maintains that the public high school is not an appropriate location for Student’s ESY even with appropriate supports, and that the summer program should be delivered in [Redacted], the setting where Student has been placed for the 2012-2013 school year.
The parties do not dispute Student’s qualification for ESY services.
The hearing was convened and concluded in one session3.
Where should Student’s ESY program for summer 2013 be provided?