Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities Relocating to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico

  • whether the child has a confirmed disability or is suspected to have a disability; the nature of the disability and the manner in which it affects the student’s learning;
  • whether the child exhibits behaviors since the hurricanes that are new and concerning;
  • if the child has a confirmed disability, whether the family has a copy of the last IEP implemented in the prior school in Puerto Rico; and
  • a family report of the services provided in Puerto Rico.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide a student transferring from another state with access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), including services comparable to those described in the student’s most recent IEP. (34 C.F.R. § 300.323(f).) Puerto Rico is considered a state for purposes of the IDEA.

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