The Intake Part of the Process:
1. DUSD learns that your child may have special needs.
2. You will hear from a member of our team, who will talk to you about what kind of concerns there may be and what type of assessment may be appropriate.
3. We have to have your permission to test your child. From the time you first request testing, we have 15 days to give you a written response. The response is either a notice of refusal or an assessment plan. We will also ask you for any reports you may have from other agencies or from doctors. We will need a release of information signed by you before we can send for any such information. If you have copies, please let us know so we can copy them.
4. When you sign and return the assessment plan, that moves the process to the next stage.
The Testing Part of the Process:
5. Once we receive the signed assessment plan, we have 60 days to complete the assessment and hold a meeting to share the results. This includes all calendar days, not just school days. The only exception is that the 60 day timeline does not include any school holiday that lasts longer than 5 days such as winter break or summer.
6. You will be called so that you can talk to the people who will see your child and find a time for you to meet for testing.
7. On the day of the appointment, your child will meet the person or people who will get to know him or her, and they will talk to you, because no one knows your child better than you do. They will use toys and books to engage your child in activities. Your child’s responses will help the people doing the assessment get an idea of any special help your child might need.
- Please bring copies of any previous assessments.
- Please bring a copy of your child’s immunization record so the nurse can review it prior to the IEP meeting
8. You’ll agree on a date to meet again, and that moves the process a step further.
The Meeting Part of the Process:
9. You will meet with the person or people who assessed your child to review what they saw when they worked with her or him. You can bring other people with you if you want to. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the test results and any help your child might need.
10. It is possible your child will not qualify for special education services.
Even so, an IEP needs to be written and signed.
11. IEP stands for Individual Education Program. If your child qualifies for services, you and the team of people who worked with your child will write a document that includes the following things:
- Your child’s strength
- Your concerns for improving your child’s education
- The results of the evaluation just completed
- Your child’s current education needs
- Measurable annual goals
12. You should ask questions and comment on any part of the IEP document that is causing confusion or that you agree or disagree with. You are part of the team that is writing the document.
13. You will be asked if you agree with the IEP as it is written. You can do any of the following:
- Sign it, accepting the district offer of services
- Sign it, noting a part that you do not agree with but accepting the rest of the services and goals
- Sign that you do not consent / Not sign it, which brings the process to a halt, at least temporarily
If you sign the IEP, team members will give you a packet with important information about the next steps in the process.
14.If you want, and your child qualified for services, you can visit the classroom recommended by the people who assessed your child. If your child qualified for services, you may visit before or after the IEP is held.
The Transition Part of the Process
15. If your child is medically involved, or will have to take medication at school, there are certain steps you must take before he or she can attend school.
16. If your child qualifies for a classroom placement and the school is not in your neighborhood, you can set up bus transportation through your IEP team. It may take 2 weeks before the bus services starts.
17. If you want, and can, you may take your child to school and be paid mileage to do so. Some people do that until the bus starts; some do it every day. Your IEP team can tell you how to get re-paid.
18. If your child will be receiving speech therapy, but no class instruction, the speech therapist will contact you to set up a time for therapy.
19. If your child will be attending a class, you will need to register your child before he or she starts class. Take the IEP to the school office, along with a birth certificate, a copy of the child’s immunization record, and a clearance from a doctor for your child to attend school.
20. A few families will register in a place separate from their school. The IEP team will let you know if that is the case with your child.
21. You can contact the teacher before starting school to ask questions.