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exceptions cover periods of time when (i) the child or parent is unavailable to complete the screening, if applicable; the initial evaluation; the initial assessments

of the child and family; or the initial IFSP meeting due to

exceptional family circumstances that are documented in the

child’s early intervention records; or (ii) the parent has

not provided consent for the screening, if applicable, the initial evaluation, or the initial assessment of the child, despite documented, repeated attempts by the lead agency or EIS provider to obtain parental consent.

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

agency must have procedures to ensure that the lead agency or EIS provider: (1) documents the exceptional circumstances or repeated attempts by the lead agency or EIS provider to obtain parental consent, (2) completes the screening, if applicable, the initial evaluation, the initial assessments of the child and family, and the initial IFSP meeting as soon as possible after the documented exceptional family circumstances no longer exist or parental consent is obtained for the screening, if applicable, initial evaluation, and initial assessment of the child, and (3) develop and implement an interim IFSP to

the extent appropriate and consistent with §303.345.

Finally, we have added new §303.310(d) to ensure that