Child Find

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.
Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of an Early Intervention Program (Part C) or Early Childhood Special Education (Part B) services of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Southen Door School District’s 3-5 year old child developmental screening is a big part of this process.  For more specific information please call 920-825-7321 ext. 2212.
IDEA requires all states to have a "comprehensive Child Find system" to assure that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are located, identified, and referred. The lead agency for Part C - Early Intervention Program is the Department of Health and Family Services and for Part B - special education early childhood is the State Department of Public Instruction. These agencies are responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive child find system. Children receiving Early Intervention or Special Education services must meet eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA.

The 3-5 year-old district wide Child Development Days screening is one of the Southern Door School District’s primary child find activities. 

Southern Door School District

The Southern Door School District is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools located in the Southern Door School District, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as Child Find.

The District conducts developmental screening of preschool children throughout the school year with a focus on a district wide screenings of 3-5 year-olds. The information from screening is used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff believes a child might be a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Upon request, the School District will screen any resident child who has not graduated from high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Brenda Shimon, Director of Pupil Services, at 920-825-7321 ext 2212 or by writing to her at 2073 Cty Rd DK Brussels, WI 54204.

Upon request, the Southern Door 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 by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located 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. Persons considering making a referral are encouraged to contact the district’s school psychologist or director of special education to review concerns/questions. A referral may be made by contacting the school psychologist or director of special education. 

This notice also informs parents of the records the School District will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities and informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed. The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents,teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior,and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record. Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and
records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.
        · "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
        · "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers'
records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no
longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.

Pupil Services Dept. DPI model revised version 8/07/08
Part of Southern Door School District’s Annual notice and place prior to Child Find activity