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Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services

Referral Process

 

I. Pre-referral

Before a child is referred for special education, every effort should be made to ensure that all strategies and accommodations available to him in the typical classroom are being utilized. Teachers discuss children at Instructional Study team meetings to gather new ideas and/or share insights on and strategies for working with students.

The Instructional Study Team should consist of:

Administrator

Student’s teacher(s)

School Psychologist/Social Worker

Guidance Counselor (H.S./M.S.)

Special Education Teacher

School Nurse (where appropriate)

Related Service Provider (as appropriate)

 

The conclusion of the meeting may include one of the following outcomes:

Recommendations for strategies to attempt in classroom

Recommendations for further investigation

Recommendations for behavioral interventions

Section 504 referral

CSE referral

Pre-referral supports

 

II. Section 504 or CSE Referral

In the case of either referral, it is strongly recommended that the parents be notified before the referral is made.

Section 504 Referral

Complete referral form

Attach Intervention Plan

Attach any pertinent medical documentation

Submit referral form with signatures and attachments to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Upon receipt of information arrangements will be made for an initial referral meeting

 

CSE Referral

Complete referral form

Attach Intervention Plan

State and federal law mandates that a child should not be determined to be a child with a disability if the determinant factor is a lack of appropriate instruction in reading or math or limited English proficiency.

Attach other pertinent information (previous evaluations, assessments, report cards, etc.)

Submit referral form with signatures and attachments to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Upon receipt of information a referral packet will be sent to parents. Evaluations will proceed once parental permission has been received

 

II. Parent Referral

Parents with concerns regarding their child’s progress are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher to discuss their concerns. There is a school psychologist assigned to each school building who is available to meet with parents. Requests for formal evaluations, when necessary, should be in written form and sent to the school psychologist in the building or the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

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