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is suspected of having a disability as opposed to requiring the lead agency to evaluate the child.

Discussion: We understand the commenters’ concerns and

did not intend this provision to require evaluations in all cases where the results of a screening indicate that a child may have a disability. To clarify our intent, we

have added language to new §303.320(a)(2) (proposed

§303.303(a)(2)) stating that if a parent consents to

screening and the screening or other available information indicates that the child is suspected of having a

disability, after notice is provided under §303.421 and

once parental consent is obtained as required in §303.420,

an evaluation and assessment of the child must be conducted

under new §303.321 (proposed §303.320).

Changes: New §303.320(a)(2) (proposed §303.303(a)(2)) has

been restructured to clarify that, after screening, notice

under §303.421 and parental consent are required before an

infant or toddler can be evaluated.

Comment: A few commenters recommended adding language to

new §303.320(a)(2)(ii) (proposed §303.303(a)(3)) to require

notification by the lead agency to the caregivers of infants and toddlers and the agencies assigned to care for them when the lead agency knows that the infant or toddler is in foster care or is a ward of the State. The