Two federal statutes apply to the legal rights of students with disabilities within the schools:  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The Federal Department of Education establishes the particular services and level of responsibility that school districts must provide under IDEA.  Accommodations and modifications that can be reasonably made in the regular education classroom appropriate to meet the educational needs of a child with a disability must be made under Section 504.


Each school has established a School Building Level Committee (SBLC) to address the federal regulations.  Each SBLC identifies, evaluates, and provides appropriate services for all students in the educational environment who are suspected of possessing a disabling condition that limits learning.


There are community based mental health rehabilitation services available for students and their families.  These agencies provide counseling, therapy, and other services for students and their families to address some of the same problems being experienced by the school.


The school system has developed the following guidelines to help establish a collaborative relationship with the community based mental health agencies for the health and well being of our students.




  1. An agency must meet with the Health Care Committee prior requesting a cooperative agreement with the Pointe Coupee Parish Public School System.

  2. Cooperative agreements must be reviewed annually by the Health Care Committee in order for the agreement to be continued.

  3. Only agencies with approved cooperative agreements may schedule visits with school personnel and/or students during school time.

  4. Each agency with a cooperative agreement with the Pointe Coupee Parish Public School System must provide:



  1. All agency personnel must sign in at the school office and wear an identification badge (provided by agency).

  2. School sites will be made available after regular school hours for use by the agency and under the supervision of the agency.  (Regular school days until 4:00 p.m. and during the summer on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon)

  3. All referrals to agencies will be made by the parent NOT school personnel.

  4. All counseling of students must be done after school.  (Exceptions:  Cases mutually agreed upon by the school and the agency.  These cases MUST be SBLC referrals.)

  5. All visits with teachers and counseling of students during the school day must be scheduled in conjunction with the school principal or his/her designee.

  6. Agencies must provide the school with a signed parent consent for services and for review/copy of records prior to rendering services and/or receiving records.

  7. The administration and monitoring of medication at school will be the responsibility of school personnel ONLY.

  8. The School Board has the right to deny or rescind a cooperative agreement with any agency who does not follow the guidelines established for providing mental health services and/or case management services in the Pointe Coupee Parish School System.



Ref:     20 USC 1400 et seq. (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act)

Board minutes 7-28-94


Pointe Coupee Parish School Board