(1) Unless otherwise specified under program areas, the following shall apply:
(a) Maintenance of current credentials shall be the ongoing responsibility of any professional employed by or under contract with an LEA. Maintenance of records of current credentials shall be the ongoing responsibility of the LEA.
(b) The LEA shall recruit, hire, train and retain an adequate supply of highly qualified (certified or licensed) personnel, including special education, related services and leadership personnel, to meet the needs of children with disabilities. [34 C.F.R. § 300.156(d)]
(c) Related service personnel who deliver services in their discipline or profession must maintain current, State approved or recognized certification, licensing, registration or other comparable requirements that apply to the professional discipline in which those personnel are providing special education or related services and these related service personnel must have not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary or provisional basis. [34 C.F.R. § 300.156(b)(2)]
1. The required standard credential for all personnel providing educational interpreting for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in LEAs, regardless of job title, shall hold a current Georgia Quality Assurance Screening (G-QAS) rating of Level III or higher in both interpreting and transliterating, as approved and maintained by the Georgia Department of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation Program (DOL/VR), and/or documentation of advanced interpreting skills and qualifications through current national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and/or documentation of advanced interpreting skills and qualifications through current national certification from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Levels III, IV or V, and/or documentation of advance interpreting skills and qualifications through a current Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment® (EIPA) rating of Level 3.5 or higher. The EIPA rating cannot be more than five years old.
2. Maintenance of current credentials shall be the ongoing responsibility of any educational interpreter employed by an LEA for purposes of educational interpreting for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Maintenance of records of current credentials shall be the ongoing responsibility of the LEA, and current credentials of educational interpreters must be filed with other personnel records (e.g., teacher certification credentials).
(d) The LEA shall provide a classroom of suitable size in a distraction-free area, as required by the type of program or services to be established, with appropriate furniture, materials, supplies and equipment to meet the needs of the class or individual children to be served. GaDOE has established this policy as a safeguard to prevent placing children with disabilities in classrooms that are too small, have visual or auditory distractions or do not have items necessary to provide appropriate instruction.
(e) Thirty-eight square feet shall be provided for each child in the class with a variance of 10 percent depending upon the total number of personnel in the class at any time, the type of children and class, the kind and amount of furniture and equipment required and the necessity for storage capabilities. Special circumstances shall be reviewed by the Facilities Department of the GaDOE and shall be addressed in the approved local facility plan.
(2) Information about caseloads for children with disabilities is contained in Appendix A below.
(i) The following are maximum class sizes and caseloads for personnel providing services for children, ages 3 through 5, in Community (C), Full Day, and Part Day classes. All numbers shown for Maximum Class Size are with a Paraprofessional.
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APPENDIX A - CLASS SIZES AND CASELOADS