Notice of Special Education Referral and Evaluation

Notice of Special Education Referral and Evaluation Procedures

Upon request, the Durand-Arkansaw School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled in private schools (including religious), elementary schools and secondary schools in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting the Director of Pupil Services, Durand-Arkansaw School District, at 715-672-8921, or by writing to 604 7th Avenue East, P.O. Box 190, Durand, WI 54736.

Many educational opportunities are available in the community for children with disabilities. The Durand-Arkansaw School District provides special education and related services for children ages 3-21 with cognitive disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, autism, traumatic brain injuries, visual handicaps, hearing handicaps, speech and language handicaps, and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The district also provides services to children ages 3-5 who have been identified with significant developmental delays. In addition, local county Birth to Three Programs provide services for children with disabilities under age 3.