Child Find and Procedural Safeguards

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WHITEFISH BAY
ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES


Upon request, the School District of Whitefish Bay is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services.  A request for evaluation is known as a referralWhen 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.  A referral may be made by contacting Dr. Stacy Gahan, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, School District of Whitefish Bay, at 414-963-3924, or by writing the Director at 1200 East Fairmount Ave., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217.

PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.  A copy of this notice must be given to parents only one time a school year, except that a copy must be given to the parents:  (1) upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation; (2) upon receipt of the first State complaint under 34 CFR §§300.151 through 300.153 and upon receipt of the first due process complaint under §300.507 in a school year; (3) when a decision is made to take a disciplinary action that constitutes a change of placement; and (4) upon parent request.  [34 CFR §300.504(a)]. Please find parent/guardian procedural safeguards attached.