We are required, by regulation and law, to ensure that every effort is made to support students through the resources available within the regular education program prior to consideration for referral for special education. We have instituted the following procedure to ensure compliance with this mandate.
Step 1: When a student is experiencing difficulty in meeting educational expectations, the first step is a parent/teacher conference.
Step 2: Teacher refers student to the Building Level Child Study Team to brainstorm/discuss strategies with the team to address concerns.
Step 3: Parent conference with teacher/principal to plan and produce a written pre-referral strategies plan with agreed upon assessment and evaluation timelines.
If the student continues to experience difficulty and a disability is suspected;
Determining Eligibility for Services.
Individualized Education Program
REFERRAL TO PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Parent meets with Director to complete referral packet, which includes:Referral Letter Test Descriptions Consent for Evaluation Parent Handbook Due Process Rights
PARENT SIGNS CONSENT FOR EVALUATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED
(Committee has 60 days from signed consent to complete all the following steps)including at least:Psychological Evaluation Educational Evaluation Evaluations in all areas relating to suspected disability Classroom Observation Physical Examination Social History
Parent is notified in advance of date, time, place of meeting.Committee convenes and all evaluation information is reviewed.Committee makes a determination if criteria for eligibility has been met.Committee makes a recommendation for services (if eligible).Committee develops an Individualized Education Plan (if eligible).Recommendation is sent to Board of Education for approval.
PARENT SIGNS CONSENT FOR SERVICE
Once consent has been received and the recommendation approved by the Board of Education, services begin (within 60 days from the CSE receipt of consent to evaluate)
CSE meets at least once annually to review the child's progress, Review IEP, make recommendations for the upcoming school year and to develop a new or revised IEP.
Every three years the CSE convenes to review the child's progress. Parent must give written consent for evaluation to be conducted for the purpose of determining continued eligibility for special education service.