If you suspect that your child has a disability that is impacting his or her academic or functional progress...
If you suspect your child’s academic progress is being hindered in some way, please speak with your child’s classroom teacher. Your child’s teacher can work with you to explore your child’s learning profile. Your child’s teacher can also ask the principal to coordinate a Child Study Team, which would allow a team of professionals to work with you to use research based interventions within a strategic plan. You can expect that the Child Study Team will reconvene at regular intervals to asses the success of the interventions, especially at the elementary levels. This is all work that is done prior to a special education referral.
A parent or a staff member may request the school to complete an evaluation. Once such a request is received, the school will send the parent an Evaluation Consent Form, which will list the evaluations that will be completed. Upon receipt of this signed Evaluation Consent Form, testing will be initiated. All testing will be completed within 30 days of receipt of the signed form. A team meeting will take place within 45 days. Parents may request a copy of each evaluation prior to the team meeting. The team will consist of the parent(s), student, school personnel, and any person the family might invite. This team will review the findings of the evaluation and determine eligibility. If it is determined that the student is eligible for an IEP, the IEP will be developed at the team meeting. The family will leave the team meeting with a copy of this document. This document then goes through the channels within the district for signature (first to the principal and then to the Director of PPS). The Office of PPS sends the document to the parent(s) for review and signature.