SEARCHING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The West Central School District conducts opportunities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to 21 with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.
IF YOUR CHILD IS AGES ZERO TO FOUR
The West Central School District offers an annual screening clinic for children to provide information to parents on school-related development. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE service, especially if you have questions regarding your child’s development. Vision, hearing and motor coordination screening is provided, as well as information on how well your child is doing with language, learning and behavior skills.
Our Early Childhood Screening is held annually, in September. Call 605-528-3217 for more details.
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN SCHOOL
If your child is in school and you believe a disability may impair his/her educational performance, you will be provided further information so you can decide whether to formally refer your child for a special education evaluation. Contact your child’s teacher, building principal, or the Director of Special Services at 605-528-3217.
CHILD FIND ANNUAL PARENT NOTIFICATION
The West Central School District is required by law to annually notify parents of students with disabilities currently in attendance of their rights under IDEA, ARSD and FERPA guidelines. The parent or eligible student has a right to 1) inspect and review the student’s educational records, 2) request the amendment of student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the students privacy or other rights, 3) consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the Act and ARSD regulations authorize disclosure without content, 4) file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint and 5) obtain a copy of the district policy. The public may inspect documents relating to the policy, funding application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds acquired from IDEA, Part B. These documents are available in the Administration Office, 705 E 2nd Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the regularly scheduled school day.
We are also required to conduct Child find activities for children and youth between the ages of birth to twenty-one. If you suspect your child or any child has a developmental delay or disability, please call the Director of Special Services at 605-528-3217 to make a referral for a screening or full evaluation as determined necessary by trained and qualified staff.
If you have questions concerning the content of this statement, please call Michelle Becker - Director of Special Services, for more information.