Termination of Services
What happens before special education and related services for a child are discontinued?

Before special education and related services for a child are discontinued, Gloucester County Public Schools must reevaluate the child. This evaluation may be a review of information already available. No evaluation is needed if the child:

Graduates with a standard or advanced studies high school diploma; or Reaches his or her 22nd birthday.

 The parent(s) will be provided notice that special education and related services will end when the child graduates with a standard or advanced studies high school diploma.

NOTE: Graduation with a modified standard diploma, special diploma, certificate of completion, or General Educational Development (GED) certificate does not conclude a child’s eligibility.  

When else can the decision to discontinue special education and related services occur? 

The decision to discontinue special education and related services may also occur during an IEP meeting or eligibility meeting when:

Following an evaluation, the team decides that a child is no longer a child with a disability who needs special education and related services; and

The parent gives their consent.

Gloucester County Public Schools will give the parent notice of this decision.

A related service may be discontinued during an IEP meeting as long as:

A representative of the related services area is included in the decision by telephone, by other similar electronic means, or in person; and

The parent gives their consent.

Gloucester County Public Schools will also give the parent notice of this decision. 

What happens if parental consent is withdrawn for a child to receive special education and related services? 

If parental consent is withdrawn for a child to continue to receive special education and related services, Gloucester County Public Schools will follow eligibility procedures to terminate eligibility. If GCPS believes the withdrawal of consent would deny a child’s right to FAPE, it may use mediation or due process proceedings to

protect the child’s rights.

The parent’s action to withdraw their consent is not retroactive, so it cannot undo any action that has already taken place.