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circumstances described in new §303.310(b)(1) and (b)(2),

we have added new §303.310(c)(3) to clarify that the lead

agency must have procedures to ensure that the lead agency or EIS provider develop and implement an interim IFSP to

the extent appropriate and consistent with §303.345 in the

event of the circumstances described in §303.310(b).

With regard to the comments recommending that we

lengthen or remove the 45-day timeline in new §303.310(a)

(proposed §303.320(e)), we decline to do so because

lengthening or removing the timeline would not create the same level of accountability for ensuring timely evaluations and assessments and IFSP development for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Given the rapid developmental changes in this age group of children, it is essential that lead agencies and EIS providers evaluate, assess, and provide early intervention services to those in need as soon as possible. We also decline to shorten the 45-day timeline, as requested by some commenters, because we are not convinced that a shortened timeline would be feasible for lead agencies and EIS providers to carry out their obligations under subpart D of these regulations.

Finally, regarding the request to incorporate in these regulations a timeline within which a lead agency or EIS

provider must obtain parental consent following a child’s