• What is Child Find?

    Each school district has a duty to locate students residing within the district who might be in need of special education. This responsibility is called “child find.” In order to meet its “child find” obligations, your district will have procedures in place to locate, identify, and evaluate students between the ages of 0 and 21 who are suspected of having a disability and may be eligible for special education and related services.

    In the Marysville School District, the process can be broken down into three broad categories. These three categories are children age 0-3, preschool-age (3-5), and school-age (5-21).

     

    Referral Process for Children age 0-3: 

    Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 0-3 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C). If found eligible, the child  would receive an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address identified delays.

    Anyone can make a referral if they have concerns about a child's development. These concerns tend to focus on five main developmental areas including cognitive development, communication (speech and language), physical development, social/emotional development, and adaptive self-help skills.

    If you have concerns about a child's development, please call Snohomish County Birth-to-Three Program at (425) 388-7114.  For additional information on this process, you can also contact Ms. Moani Mahinai at (360) 965-0176.

     

    Referral Process for Preschool-age children (3-5):

    Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 3-5 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B).

    Following a referral, your child’s development will be screened and/or formally evaluated by a group of qualified professionals determined by the area(s) of concern. If found eligible, the child would receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address those area recommended by the evaluation team.

    Preschool-aged children are served at their neighborhood elementary school or in the district’s own developmental preschools depending on their needs.

    If you have concerns about a child's development, please call (360) 965-0170 to set-up a screening.

     

    Referral Process for School-age children (5-21):

    Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 5-21 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B).

    Concerns about school-aged students should be directed to your child’s teacher, principal, school counselor, or specialist. Each school has a process to accept referrals and include you in the next steps which may include interventions, screening, or formal evaluation. Following a written request for initial evaluation, this group will make a determination whether or not to evaluate the student within 25 school days.  

    If found eligible for special education services via evaluation, the child would receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address those areas recommended by the evaluation team. 

     

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