Introduction to SB 819
SB 819, signed into law on July 13, 2023, represents a significant transformation in the structure of Abbreviated School Day Program Placements for students with disabilities in Oregon. This law repeals ORS 343.161 and establishes a new framework, emphasizing meaningful access, updated definitions, informed consent, regular meetings, and increased accountability.
Key Highlights of SB 819
- Meaningful Access: Students with disabilities must have access to the same number of instructional hours as other students in their resident school district.
- Updated Definitions: The bill broadens the scope of comparison for instructional hours and updates the definition of “student with a disability.”
- Informed and Written Parent Consent: Schools must obtain consent from parents or foster parents before placing a student on an abbreviated school day program.
- Regular IEP/504 Meetings: Regular meetings are mandated within specific timelines to review the student's placement.
- Increased Accountability and Enforcement: ODE has the authority to investigate complaints and withhold funding from noncompliant districts.
Guidance and Implementation
As school districts and programs prepare to implement SB 819, we are committed to providing ongoing support and resources. Below, you’ll find links to guidance documents, sample forms, communications, and tools to assist with the implementation process.
If you have questions about SB 819 or need assistance with implementing its requirements, please reach out to us at
ODE.SB819Questions@ode.oregon.gov. Staff within the Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities and ODE’s Civil Rights team will monitor and reply to these emails. Additionally, questions received there may be used for development of FAQs, which will be posted here.
SB 819 Complaints
If you want to revoke consent for the placement of a student with a disability on an abbreviated school day program or have other concerns related to abbreviated school days or abbreviated school day programs, please email ODE’s abbreviated school day team at ODE.SB819Complaints@ode.oregon.gov
Please note that the information provided here is ODE’s interpretation based on the current understanding of SB 819 and may be subject to change as the bill progresses through the legislative process. ODE cannot and does not provide legal advice. ODE recommends that school districts and programs work with counsel where legal advice related to implementation of SB 819 is required.