Child Find (34 CFR 300.111 Child Find) refers to a federal law that requires that evaluations of children suspected of having a disability are not delayed or denied. If a student is suspected of having a disability, the student should be referred for evaluation for special education services. The evaluation process supersedes the RTI model for students that need evaluation. HISD has systems in place to locate, evaluate, and identify students with disabilities transitioning from Early Childhood Agencies (ECI) and those ages 3-21. If you suspect that your child has a disability, please contact your child's school or the district's Special Education department.
The State Senate came out with Senate Bill 1153 in regards to education and support for struggling learners. The following is a summary of what the bill entails:
Each school year the district must notify a parent of a child, other than a child enrolled in a spacial education program who are receiving assitance from the district through the use of intervention support. Intervention support is defined as a "multi-tiered system of suuports that is above the level of intervention generally used in that system with all children. The term includes response to intervention and other early intervening strategies." (SB1153). The notification must:
- Be provided when the child begins to receive the assistance for that school year
- Be written in English or, the extent practicable, the parent's native language
- A reasonable description of the assistance that may be provided to the child
- Information collected regardiung any intervention in the base of tier of a multi-tiered system of supports that has been previously used with the child
- A copy of the explanation provided under subsection (c).
Every school year the school district must also provide "a written explanation of the options and requirements for providing assistnace to students who have learning difficulties or who need or may need special education." (SB 1153) Essentially, it provides the following info:
- Parents are entitled, at any time, to request an evaluation of the child for special education services, or for aids, accommodations, or services under Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973.