Best Interest Determination for Foster Care School Placement Form

Best Interest Determination for
Foster Care School Placement Form
This document shall be kept in child’s case file.
Determination Page
Child’s Name: ______________________________________________________________
Student Testing Identifier (STI): ________________________________________________
School/Division of Current Attendance: __________________________________________
Grade Placement: ____________________________________________________________
Date of Best Interest Determination Meeting: ______________________________________
Determination:
 The student shall remain in the school in which the child was enrolled at the time of
placement. Name of School/Division: ___________________________________.
 Based on the best interest determination, a change in school placement is needed.
The student will be enrolled in the school of current residence. Name of School/Division:
___________________________________.
Note: If a change in educational placement is needed, enrollment should take place
immediately at the new school with all educational records provided to the new
school.
Was the child or youth informed of the benefits in inviting a significant person to attend the
meeting? Yes
No
If a person was identified, who did the child invite? ___________________________
What school does the child prefer? Why? _________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
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Best Interest Determination for
Foster Care School Placement Form
This document shall be kept in child’s case file.
Signature Page
The following individuals participated in determining the school placement that is in the student's
best interest:
Participants
Printed name
Signature, if essential
Agree with
person
(**should
sign)
determination?
Title and/or relationship
with child
(circle)
Child or youth in care**
Yes
No
LDSS service worker or
supervisor**
Yes
No
Current (if not LDSS)
custodian**
Yes
No
School representative from
child's school at time of
placement**
Yes
No
Parent for special education
purposes, if applicable**
Yes
No
Birth parent(s) or prior
custodian(s)
The child’s guardian ad litem
Other significant person(s) the
child or youth wishes to attend
(**if attending)
School division representative
Other ____________________
Other ____________________
Other ____________________
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Best Interest Determination for
Foster Care School Placement Form
This document shall be kept in child’s case file.
The student shall remain in the school at time of placement unless the answers to the following
questions suggest a change of placement is in the child’s best interest.
1. What is the child’s permanency goal and plan?
2. What is the expected date for achieving the permanency goal?
3. How many schools has the child attended? How many schools has the child attended this year?
How have the school transfers affected the child emotionally, socially, academically, and
physically?
4. What are the safety considerations related to school placement?
5. Which school does the student prefer? Why? How was this information obtained?
6. How does the child feel about any upcoming moves?
7. Which school do the birth parents or prior custodians as appropriate, and the child’s current
placement provider prefer? Why?
8. What school(s) do the child’s siblings attend?
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Best Interest Determination for
Foster Care School Placement Form
This document shall be kept in child’s case file.
9. How is the child performing academically?
10. Does the child have a current IEP or a 504 Plan?
11. Does the child participate in other specialized instruction? (e.g., gifted program, career and
technical program)
12. What are the child’s academic/career goals? Does one school have programs and activities that
address the unique needs or interests of the student that the other school does not have?
13. Describe the child’s ties to his or her current school, including significant relationships and
involvement in extracurricular activities?
14. Would changing schools affect the student’s ability to earn full academic credit, participate in
sports or other extra-curricular activities, proceed to the next grade, or graduate on time? If so,
how?
15. Would the timing of the school transfer coincide with a logical juncture, such as after testing,
after an event that is significant to the child or at the end of the school year?
16. How would the length of the commute to school impact the child?
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Best Interest Determination for
Foster Care School Placement Form
This document shall be kept in child’s case file.
Attach any supporting documentation used in making this determination of best interest.
(The following is checklist of sample documents that may be considered. The list is not intended to
be exhaustive.)
 Report cards
 Progress reports
 Achievement data (test scores)
 Attendance data
 IEP or 504 Plan
 Emails or correspondence from individuals consulted
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