ARC Chairperson defined......
707 KAR 1:320. Individual education program. Section 3. ARC Membership. d) A representative of the LEA who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities, is knowledgeable about the general curriculum and the availability of the resources of the LEA
Local district policies provide further information regarding qualifications for being appointed as the LEA representative for that specific district. Example language from local district policies may resemble the following: The Superintendent, in consultation with the DoSE, will recommend to the Board for approval a list of Kentucky School District Representatives by job or position title. The Superintendent, or designee, may designate which specific staff member on that approved list will serve as the Kentucky School District Representative for any ARC meeting. A sample notice may be found HERE.
ARC Chairpersons must receive training to perform their roles and responsibilities as LEA Representatives. Training should be on-going and tailored to the knowledge level of the individuals serving in the role of a LEA Representative. Directors of Special Education should oversee the process and ensure that adequate training is provided. Kentucky's Special Education Cooperatives provide ARC Chairperson training upon request and have also created training modules and materials which may be utilized by district Directors to self-train.
SP. ED. COOPERATIVE ONLINE TRAINING MODULES
* 3 hours PD/EILA credit This module will take an ARC chairperson through the process of the laws that apply to special education as well as a description of what members should participate in an ARC meeting. In addition, ARC chairs will learn how to facilitate the discussion in an ARC meeting and actively involve parents in the process.
ARC Chairperson Resources
ARC Chairpersons should have knowledge of the requirements and procedures of IDEA. In addition ARC Chairperson should be familiar with the Kentucky Administrative Regulations and their local Special Education Policies and Procedures.
707 KAR 1:340. Procedural safeguards and state complaint procedures. Section 4. Procedural Safeguards Notice. (1) A copy of the procedural safeguards notice (including, parent’s rights) shall be given to the parents of a child with a disability one (1) time a school year. A copy of the notice shall also be provided to the parent: (a) Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation; (b) Upon the receipt of the first state written complaint; (c) Upon the receipt of the first filing of a due process hearing in a school year; (d) In accordance with the discipline procedures in which a decision is made to remove a student, which constitutes a change in placement, because of a violation of the code of student conduct; and (e) Upon request by a parent.
(2) The procedural safeguards notice shall include a full explanation of all the procedural safeguards available under 707 KAR Chapter 1 and 34 C.F.R. 300.504.
ARC Chairpersons should ensure that parents are not only provided a copy of the procedural safeguards in their native language at appropriate times but that they receive a full explanation of the procedural safeguards as well.