Child Find

Child Find The intent of Child Find is that all children from birth through age 21 with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need. Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for “finding” eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.   When children are “found”, they are referred to a specialist to screen their development.  The screening helps “identify” any areas of concern that need to be evaluated further.  In order to receive early intervention or special education services, a child must be evaluated to confirm they have a delay or disability that falls under state definitions.  If needed, the child is evaluated using state criteria for specific delays or disabilities.  If eligible, the Arizona Early Intervention Program or a public school system will offer early intervention or special education services according to the child’s needs.   Early intervention support services assist families of children who are eligible by helping children ages birth to three years develop to their full potential.  In Arizona, early intervention services are provided through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (or AzEIP).  You can contact AzEIP at 602-532-9960.   Preschool special education services for children ages 3 to 5 provide special strategies to help children reach their developmental milestones.  You can contact Joe Zello at 480-472-0719 for children ages 3 to 5 living in the Mesa Public School District. Special education services for school-aged children in kindergarten through the age of 21 provide specialized instruction and services to assist children in the educational environment. For further information contact:                                 AZ FIND 1-822-352-4558 or 928-637-1871 azfind@azed.gov  or www.azed.gov/specialeducation/az-childfind     Download This...
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Privacy

Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.   FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”   Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.   Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.   Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):   School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.   Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools...
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