As of May 15, 2014, school districts need to obtain consent from parents only once in compliance with 34 CFR 300.154, Ed 1120.04 and Ed 1120.08. As you are likely already aware, the New Hampshire Department of Education issued Memo #34 on May 28, 2014. This memo provided notice of amendments to the New Hampshire Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities, effective May 15, 2014. Among the amendments were changes to the regulations that govern parental consent in regards to billing Medicaid. We are very pleased that these amendments bring the New Hampshire regulations in line with the federal regulations regarding parental consent. Districts will continue to be required to send out annual notification pursuant to 34 CFR 300.154(d)(2)(v).
We expect that the Department of Education will provide further guidance as to the language in the annual notification relative to the withdrawal of consent provision mandated at Ed 1120.08(a)(2). In the meantime, we suggest that you continue to utilize the model annual notification format previously published by the US Department of Education.
Please register now for a 15 minute Lumea™ Target Training to review the new, one-time NH Parental Consent. Participation in this brief webinar is recommended for all NH Lumea™ Administrators to maximize reimbursement and ensure compliance, since the process for tracking Parental Consent in Student Details has changed. This training will also be a great opportunity to address any outstanding questions you may have regarding the new parental consent and annual notification requirements. We hope you join us for this exciting and informative forum.