Child Find Notice

  • CHILD FIND

    A district’s coordinated process to ensure that all children residing within the  district who have disabilities, birth through 21 years of age, regardless of the severity of their  disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.

    In addition to students enrolled in the public schools, the Child Find duty applies to:  homeless children, children who are wards of the state, children attending private schools,  highly mobile children (including migrant children), and children who are suspected of being  in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.

    REFERRAL:  

    Requests for a Full and Individual Evaluation may be made by parent, the district,  TEA or another state agency.  During the Referral Process, appropriate personnel will obtain information in the area(s) of suspected disability. This group of school district personnel, with  the input of parents, will determine if evaluation is necessary to determine if there is a  disability.  When needed, appropriate personnel will evaluate formally in the area(s) of  suspected disability and informally in all other required areas.

    EVALUATION and ELIGIBILITY:  

    If an evaluation is completed, the parent and staff will meet in  an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meeting to discuss the results of the evaluation, any  special education eligibility, and whether the student is in need of specially designed instruction  via special education services and supports.

    The presence of a disability and a significant educational need are required for a student to  qualify for special education services/supports.  Disabilities include:

    • Auditory Impairment* (AI)   
    • Autism (AU)       
    • Deaf‐Bli ndness (DB) 
    • Emotional Disturbance (ED)   
    • Intellectual Disability (ID)   
    • Multiple Disabilities (MD)) 
    • Noncategorical Early Childhood (NCEC) 
    • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)    
    • Other Health Impairment (OH) 
    • Specific Learning Disability (LD   
    • Speech or Language Impairment (SI) 
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 
    • Visual Impairment* (VI)            

     *from birth   

    SERVICE PROVISION:  

    Students who qualify for special education services and supports receive  them at no cost to parents as part of a free and appropriate public education.

    CHILD FIND CONTACT:       

    Program Coordinator:   407‐0270 

    • ECI Agencies, Head Start, Pre‐K 4 SA
      • Program Coordinator:  407‐0270 
    • Early Childhood (EC)/ Preschool‐age
      • Preschool Assessment Center: 407‐1845 
    • EC/Preschool‐age on campus (Ready, Set, Go!, PK)
      • SLP and/or LSSP/Ed. Diag. on program campus 
    • Kindergarten – 12th grade
      • SLP and/or LSSP/Ed. Diag on home campus 
    • Private School / Home School
      • Private School Office:  407‐0278