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or EIS provider: (i) documents exceptional circumstances or repeated attempts by the lead agency or EIS provider to obtain parental consent, (ii) completes the screening, if applicable; the initial evaluation; initial assessments; and the initial IFSP meeting as soon as possible after the documented exceptional family circumstances no longer exist or parental consent is obtained, and (iii) develop and implement an interim IFSP if appropriate, consistent with


Screening procedures (optional) new §303.320 (proposed


Comment: None.

Discussion: Based on further review of §303.320(a)(1)

(proposed §303.303(a)(1)), regarding screening procedures,

we have determined that the words “when appropriate” are

unnecessary and potentially confusing. Lead agencies always can adopt policies for screening. If a State elects to adopt screening policies and procedures, those policies and procedures must specify when screening of a particular child is appropriate.

Changes: We have removed the words “when appropriate” from

§303.320(a)(1) (proposed §303.303(a)(1)).

Comment: A significant number of commenters requested additional clarification regarding the screening procedures