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Referral Process

The Referral Process

WHAT IS A REFERRAL?

A referral is a written request for an evaluation that is given to the school district when a child is suspected of having a disability and might need special education services. A referral may be made by parents, school personnel, and/or agencies concerned with the welfare of students.


HOW IS A STUDENT REFERRED FOR A CHILD STUDY TEAM EVALUATION?

Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation. If you believe that your child may have a disability, you may refer your child for an evaluation by submitting a written request to the school district.  Requests must be in hard copy form with original signature.


WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE AFTER A REFERRAL IS MADE?

Within 20 calendar days (excluding school holidays) of receiving a referral, the school district must hold a, Identification Meeting to decide whether an evaluation will be conducted.  If it is determined that evaluations are warranted, another decision is made about the types of testing and other procedures that will be used to determine if your child needs special education services.  If an evaluation will not be conducted, recommendations may be made with respect to interventions or services to be provided the student in general education.


WHAT IS AN EVALUATION?

An evaluation is the process used to determine whether your child has a disability. This process includes a review of any relevant data, and the individual administration of any tests, assessments and observations of your child. For an initial evaluation, at least two child study team members and other specialists, as required or as determined necessary, must participate. A minimum of two assessments of your child are needed to determine initial eligibility for special education and related services. Each assessment must be conducted by a person who has appropriate training, or who is qualified to conduct the assessment through his or her professional license or certification.