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Child Find and Child-Centered Special Education Process

Child Find

The districts have a responsibility to locate, identify, and evaluate students suspected of having a disability and are in need of special education and related services. 

The notices below contain the following information:

  • Changes made from 2016 to 2017 in reporting requirements for LEAs regarding special education enrollment in the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System
  • The rights of a child regarding the provision of special education services under both state and federal law
  • The process and procedures for initiating a referral for evaluation for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and TEC Sec. 29.004.
  • Where to find local policies and procedures related to initiating a referral for evaluation under IDEA

 

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Updates-on-Special-Education.pdf

 

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/updates-on-special-education-spanish.pdf

Contacts for special education referrals:

Bremond ISD- Lynn Drews 254-746-7145 ldrews@bremondisd.net 

Calvert ISD- Otencia Robinson 979-364-2845 orobinson@calvertisd.com 

Franklin ISD- Elementary- Kimberly Hudson 979-828-7300 khudson@franklinisd.net 

                       Middle School- Jeri Reagan 979-828-7200 jreagan@franklinisd.net 

                       High School- Carrie Shields 979-828-7100 cshields@franklinisd.net 

Hearne ISD- Elementary-Kim Washington 979-279-3341 kwashington@hearne.k12.tx.us 

                      Junior High- Livia Chandler-Davis 979-279-2449 lchandlerdavis@hearne.k12.tx.us 

                      High School- Brittany Harmon 979-279-8022 bharmon@hearne.k12.tx.us 

Mumford ISD- Melissa McDonoughm 979-279-3678 mcdonoughm@mumford.k12.tx.us 

NOTE: On March 19, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued an executive order that temporarily closes all schools in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott determined that it is necessary to close all schools through May 4, 2020, or longer to prevent or contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Accordingly, all districts in Robertson County have closed due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and to comply with the executive order.

If your child is scheduled for an initial evaluation or reevaluation during this time many required elements of the evaluation process may not be conducted due to the school closure and the social distance recommendations of the Center for Disease Control during this pandemic. In the best interest of students, districts will not conduct in-person evaluations or observations during the school closure.

 

How do we find kids who aren’t enrolled?

1. ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) Programs work with children with disabilities ages Birth-3. 90 days prior to the 3rd birthday, ECI coordinates with the LEA regarding potentially eligible students.

2. Robertson County Coop runs an ad in the local newspaper and contacts local medical clinics, dental clinics, and child care facilities.

3. Robertson County Coop also contacts local Private and Home-school Programs to make them aware of our Child Find responsibilities and to describe a process for referral and
evaluation.

What about kids who are already enrolled in school?

Once a campus suspects that a student has a disability and is in need of special education and related services, the RTI or Campus Referral Committee should begin the referral process.

How do we know if the student has a disability?

Sometimes, a student will have an existing medical diagnosis or condition that indicates the possibility of a disability. Often, it is through the work of the RTI process, that academic challenges are not responding to structured interventions. It is important to remember that just because a student has a disability, does not automatically mean the student needs special education and related services. In these situations, it is important for the team to consider options to determine the most appropriate next step.

What about parent requests?

Parents can request an evaluation for their child, however, there is a process each campus should follow related to these requests. The campus RTI or Campus Referral Committee has 15 school days from the date of the request to either:

1. Issue a Notice of Refusal to Test with a copy of the parent Rights; OR

2. Obtain consent to test.

The campus team should consider all of the available data and whether there is a suspected disability and a need for special education and related services.
 

For additional information, you can access our Operating Guidelines at the RCSSC office. 

 

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Robertson County Special Services704 Wheelock StreetHearne, TX  77859

PH: 979-279-3507Fax: 979-279-8040

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