Title 16

Chapter 25.3
School Speech and Language Pathologists [See Title 16 Chapter 97 — The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-25.3-2

§ 16-25.3-2. Employment of speech language pathologists.

(a) Each school district is encouraged by the general assembly to employ one full time certified speech language pathologist for every forty (40) students who receive speech language services within the age range of three (3) to twenty-one (21). In cases where the number of students receiving speech language services is above forty (40), the school district is encouraged to employ a speech language pathologist on a part time pro-rata basis.

(b) When a speech and language evaluation or the provision of speech language services are being considered or are part of the student’s program the speech language pathologist shall be a member of the multidisciplinary team.

(c) In the event an individual seeks emergency certification from the department of elementary and secondary education in the area of speech language pathology, the individual must meet the following minimum requirements before the granting of emergency certification by the department of elementary and secondary education:

(1) Hold a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from an accredited college or university;

(2) Have successfully completed no less than eighteen (18) hours of graduate credit in the area of speech language pathology.

(d) Individuals under emergency certification to conduct the business of a speech language pathologist shall be under the direct supervision of a certified speech language pathologist. At no time shall a certified speech language pathologist supervise more than one emergency certified speech language pathologist.

History of Section.
P.L. 1995, ch. 84, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 203, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 19, § 6; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 21, §§ 3, 4; P.L. 2013, ch. 501, § 42.