How is a referral made for a child suspected of having an educational disability?

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Anyone including parents, teachers, administrators, or a school-based team can refer a child if they suspect a disability.  Referrals will be accepted in written, electronic, or oral form for children aged two to 21, suspected of having a disability. A Multi-Purpose Referral Form is available at the school and completed by the person initiating the referral. The referring source must explain the reasons that an evaluation is requested and any efforts that have been made to address the concerns.  

Referrals are made to the child's school principal or special education designee. Within three (3) days of receipt, the special education designee will either 1) initiate the evaluation eligibility process, 2) deny the request and provide prior written notice to the parents/guardians, or 3) require the school-based team to review and respond to the request. 

When the school-based team is required to review and respond to the request, a meeting will be scheduled with the parents/guardians within ten (10) business days from receipt of the referral to discuss the referral concerns and determine whether to evaluate. If the team determines that an evaluation for special education and related services is warranted, the team shall refer the child to the special education administrator or designee within three business days. If the team decides not to refer for an evaluation for special education and related services, prior written shall be given to the parent(s). 

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