What is Child Find?
Child Find is a process designed to locate children, birth through age 21, with a suspected disability to evaluate and identify a need for special education and related services.
Longview Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. Approximately ten to fifteen percent of all children have a disability which hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.
Children, birth through age 5, whose family or care givers would like more information about their child’s development can contact the Longview Pre-school program at 360-575-7429 to discuss the process and receive a free Child Find Screening.
Each school has a Student Support Team (SST) that meets regularly to assess and monitor school aged students’ learning needs. When a student needs more support than can be provided by the teacher, the SST may refer a child for evaluation to determine if special education is appropriate.
School aged children through age 21, whose family or care givers would like more information on how to refer a child for special education can contact their Longview school counselor to discuss the process.
If the team determines that an evaluation is appropriate, you will receive a letter from the school psychologist who will request permission and coordinate the assessment.
If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the school closest to where you are currently staying for more information.