CHAPTER 125

FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

AN ACT REQUIRING THE REPORTING OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND REQUIRING SPECIAL TRAINING THEREFOR.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the principals, superintendents, teachers, and visiting teachers in every school district in this State, in accordance with the rules of procedure prescribed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or the State Board of Education to secure information and report to the State Board of Education or to any Bureau thereof as it may direct, on or before the fifteenth day of October of each year, and thereafter throughout the year as new cases are discovered, every child within any school district between the ages of six and sixteen years, who is seriously retarded in his or her school work, or any child between the ages of six and sixteen who, because of apparent physical or mental handicap, is not being properly educated or trained, and thereafter the State Board of Education or any Bureau thereof as it may direct, with the aid of cooperating agencies, shall examine such child and report whether said child is a fit subject for special education and training. It shall be the duty of the State Board of Education to provide and maintain under appropriate regulations special classes or special facilities wherever possible to meet the needs of all children recommended for special training who come from any geographical area within the State that can be served by such special facilities.

Approved April 14, 1939.