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Special Education Referral Process

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Special Education Referral Process

Special Education Referral Process

What do I do if I think my child has a disability?

Talk to your School Counselor or Administrator about holding a Student Study Team (SST) meeting. At an SST meeting, the team will develop a plan to address your concerns, which may include general education interventions or assessment for a 504 plan or Special Education. Many children have experienced learning loss as the result of school closures and the District is legally required to demonstrate that they have attempted general education interventions before a child is classified as disabled. In order to be eligible for special education, the District must evaluate your child and determine that he/she has one or more of the following disabilities that adversely impact his/her educational performance:
  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Hard of hearing
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech or language impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment

What can I expect at an IEP meeting?

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting is held once assessment is completed. Once a child is eligible for special education, an IEP is held at least annually to review your child’s progress and assessments are updated every 3 years. An IEP team is required to have at least one of the following: Special Education Teacher (Education Specialist), Administrator, General Education Teacher, and Parent. Other District team members may attend as needed. At your child’s IEP, the team will review present levels of performance, which may include assessments, progress on previous IEP goals, work samples, or informal observations about your child’s functioning at school. The team will develop measurable annual goals and accommodations based on identified areas of need. Once goals are developed, the District will offer services to address those goals.

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