(1) The local educational agency in which a student with disabilities resides is responsible for ensuring the student with disabilities, age 3 through 18, beginning on the student's third birthday, including students with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school, has available a free appropriate public education in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (20 USC, sections 1401 through 1419) and its implementing regulations (34 CFR, part 300), the Montana statutes pertaining to special education (Title 20, chapter 7, part 4, MCA) and the administrative rules promulgated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction governing special education (ARM Title 10, chapter 16) unless the parent has refused initial consent for services or has revoked such consent. If the student's third birthday occurs in the summer, the individualized education program (IEP) team shall decide whether the student is to receive extended school year services during the summer. The local educational agency shall participate in transition planning conferences arranged by the early intervention provider agency.
(2) For the purposes of this rule, "resides" means a student's residence as defined in 1-1-215, MCA.
(3) When the local educational agency provides education to students ages 19, 20, or 21, students of the same age with disabilities will be provided a free appropriate public education in accordance with IDEA.
(4) The local educational agency shall implement procedures for students with disabilities in private elementary and secondary schools and consistent with the requirements of 34 CFR 130 through 148 and state administrative rules.
(5) The local educational agency may not require parents to obtain a prescription for substances identified under schedules I, II, III, IV, or V in section 202c of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 812c) for a child as a condition to attending school, receiving an evaluation under 34 CFR 300.300 through 300.311, or receiving special education and related services in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
(6) The local educational agency must conduct routine checking of hearing aids in accordance with the requirements of 34 CFR 300.113.
(7) The local educational agency must take all reasonable steps to provide instructional materials in accessible formats to students with disabilities who need those instructional materials at the same time as other children receive instructional materials.
(8) Local educational agencies must take measurable steps to recruit, hire, train, and retain qualified personnel, including individuals with disabilities, to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities.