The N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE) recently sent a memo to school districts requiring all districts to adopt updated special education policies by April 7, 2017.

The NJDOE Office of Special Education Programs has revised its special education model policies and procedures adopted in 2009. All school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools and full-time vocational school districts are required to certify they have adopted the revised policies to ensure compliance with state and federal law.  The memo contains information on what should be included in the updated policies. The memo indicates that districts must send a completed statement of assurance to their county office by the April 7 deadline.

For further information, contact the NJDOE Office of Special Education Programs at (609) 292-0147 or Jean Harkness, NJSBA Policy Consultant at (609) 278-5268.