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Have your LA said they will delay the EHC assessment decision because the schools are closed?
Computer says NO.. Send them this on email..
I want to add that this is case specific and relevant if you feel the evidence you have submitted confirms the child meets the threshold. Some families will prefer to wait for school input. It’s all about what’s right for you.
Dear LA
Thank you for your letter stating the EHC process will be delayed due to schools closure, following my parent request being received, but I believe there has been some mistake?
The code of practice states the following, please pay attention to the last sentence in brackets;
9.42 Where there are exceptional circumstances, it may not be reasonable to expect local authorities and other partners to comply with the time limits above. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 set out specific exemptions. These include where: • appointments with people from whom the local authority has requested information are missed by the child or young person (this only applies to the duty on partners to comply with a request under the EHC needs assessment process within six weeks) • the child or young person is absent from the area for a period of at least 4 weeks • exceptional personal circumstances affect the child or his/her parent, or the young person, and • the educational institution is closed for at least 4 weeks, which may delay the submission of information from the school or other institution (this does not apply to the duty on partners to comply with a request under the EHC needs assessment process within six weeks)
This appears to state very clearly that the needs assessment first 6 week timeframe must not be delayed.
Can you confirm the appropriate date please. It would be 6 weeks from me submitting the EHC request.
Thank you

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