Anyone including parents, teachers, and administrators may refer a child suspected of having a disability to the school's Child Study Team. After the Multi-Purpose Referral is received by the special education contact at the school, a Child Study Team meeting will be scheduled and held within 10 business days. The team will review records and other performance evidence of the child in order to make recommendations to meet the child's educational and behavioral needs.
Preschoolers are screened by Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Childhood Special Education teacher at the Child Find Center. 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.
Evaluations are scheduled and conducted during the school day. You are invited to schedule an appointment with the psychologist and/or educational diagnostician to review the results of the testing. All evaluation reports will be made available to you at your child's school no later than two business days before the eligibility meeting. Evaluation reports for preschool aged children referred by the Child Find Center will be available at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building (21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148). Approximately three weeks before the eligibility meeting, you will receive a letter inviting you to the eligibility meeting that states the date and time of the meeting.
The existence of a medical condition alone does not automatically qualify a child for special education and related services. There must also be evidence of adverse impact on educational performance that results in a need for specially designed instruction in order to access the general curriculum.
The Special Education designee, usually the assistant principal of the school, will provide information relevant to instruction to the child's teachers or any appropriate committee, such as the Child Study Team.