Diagnostic and Prevention Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Many questions regarding special education in
Who may refer a child for special education services?
Anyone, including parents, teachers, and administrators may refer a child to the Child Study Team. After the Multi-disciplinary Referral Form is submitted to the special education contact person, a Child Study Team meeting takes place within 10 business days to determine interventions that may benefit the child’s academic progress. If, after a period of time, the interventions are unsuccessful, the Child Study Team may reconvene to determine whether the child needs a referral for testing for special education placement.
How are preschoolers assessed?
Preschoolers are screened by Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Childhood Special Education staff through Child Find. If the Child Find screening team suspects a disability due to concerns about a child's development, the child is referred for evaluation and eligibility for special education services.
What happens during the 65 business days prior to the eligibility meeting?
What will happen in the Eligibility meeting?
The meeting, which will take approximately 45 minutes, will consist of:
What if my child has a medical diagnosis of a condition?
The existence of a medical condition alone does not automatically qualify a child for special education services. There must also be evidence of adverse impact on educational performance that results in a requirement for specially designed instruction in order to access the general curriculum.
What happens if my child is not found eligible for special education services?
What happens if I disagree with the eligibility decision?
You, as the parent, have the following options:
Should you have additional questions about the eligibility process and procedures, please click here for a directory of LCPS Eligibility Coordinators by school. You may also refer to the Virginia Department of Education's "Your Family's Special Education Rights" at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/Sped/proc_safe.pdf.
Last Modified on June 12, 2012