Please join us for a presentation on Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the LCPS Administration Building. This session is part of LCPS' public awareness campaign regarding LCPS' active and continuing child find program designed to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, birth to age 21 inclusive, who may need special education services.
This session is intended for representatives from private schools and parents who have placed their children in private schools or who home-school their children.
To register, please access the web address https://bit.ly/3LjVN83 or contact contact Parent Resource Services at 571-252-6540.
Child Find Notice for Special Education Services
LCPS implements ongoing strategies and engages in public awareness activities to actively and continuously identify, locate, and evaluate all children, birth to age 21, inclusive, residing in Loudoun County who are in need of special education and related services, including children who are highly mobile, wards of the state, enrolled in private schools, home-instructed, and incarcerated in a regional or local jail in its jurisdiction for 10 or more days. LCPS engages in the following child find strategies and activities:
- Notifies all preschool, elementary, and secondary private schools located in Loudoun about LCPS' child find process and availability of special education services;
- Communicates with local pediatricians about the referral process for special education;
- Sends communication to all homeschool families on the right to a free appropriate public education and the availability of special education programs and services;
- Conducts an annual meeting with representatives from private schools and parents who have placed their children in a private school or who home-school on how to implement child find and evaluation activities;
- Offers community presentations to families of preschool-age children on the nature of disabilities, early warning signs, and the need for early services;
- Posts information on the LCPS website about child find and special education processes;
- Publishes an annual notice and description of special education services in the LCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook;
- Coordinates child find activities for infants and toddlers with the Early Intervention Services of Loudoun including the provision of transition conferences for families whose preschool-age children receive Part C Early Intervention Services to share information on the availability of special education services under Part B;
- Conducts screenings of students in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, voice, language, and fine and gross motor within 60 days of initial enrollment, in the areas of vision and hearing within 60 days of the opening of school for students in grades K, 3, 7, and 10; and provides information on scoliosis to families of students in grades 5-10; and
- Screens the reading and math skills of students across the grades to identify any student who does not meet the benchmark on any assessment used to determine at-risk learners in preschool through grade 12.
Infant and Toddlers Ages Birth through Thirty-Six Months
LCPS also coordinates child find activities with Early Intervention Services of Loudoun who is responsible for identifying children ages birth through thirty-six months for specialized services. Parents/guardians, daycare providers, or medical providers who have concerns regarding infants and toddlers in this age range should contact Early Intervention Services of Loudoun at 571-258-3095 for information regarding a referral.
Preschool Children Ages Two through Five
Parents/guardians, preschool teachers, daycare providers, or medical providers who have concerns about a preschool child (age 2 by September 30 to age 5 but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten) should contact LCPS' Preschool Child Find Center to schedule a free developmental screening. The Preschool Child Find Center will schedule a meeting with the family within ten (10) business days upon receipt of the referral to screen your child and to determine whether to evaluation for special education is warranted.
Referrals for school-age students suspected of having a disability may be made by any source, including school staff, parents/guardians, the Virginia Department of Education, any other state agency, other individuals, a school-based team, or through a screening process. Referrals are to be provided to the principal or special education designee at the child's school in oral, written, or electronic form. Within three (3) business days of receipt, the special education designee shall either 1) initiate the evaluation eligibility process, 2) deny the request and provide prior written notice, or 3) require the school-based team to review and respond to the request.
Students Attending Private School
Parents/guardians or teachers of a resident child parentally placed in a private school located in Loudoun County or receiving home instruction, who have reason to believe a child has a disability and is in need of special education, should contact the principal or special education designee of the child’s LCPS school of residence.
Parents/guardians or teachers of a non-resident child enrolled in a private school located in Loudoun County, who have reason to believe a child has a disability and is in need of special education, should contact the principal or special education designee of the appropriate LCPS school nearest to the private school.