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Special Education

Child Find

The Pymatuning Valley Local School District is engaged in Child Find, which is an intensive campaign to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who may need special education or related services. The purpose of Child Find is to:

  • Promote public awareness of disabilities;
  • Alert parents, professionals, and the general public to locate children who may have special needs;
  • Assist school districts in finding children who may have disabilities and who otherwise may not have come to the district’s attention; and
  • Enable children and families to receive the special education and related services that are needed.

If you are aware of a child age birth through 21 years residing within the boundaries of the PVLSD who may have a confirmed or suspected disability and are not being served by special education, please contact the Director of Pupil Services at (440) 293-6488.

Special Education Eligibility Process

Once a child is located, informed parent consent is required to initiate an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services. Parent participation is required and encouraged. The PVLSD complies with state-imposed operating timelines:
  • Within 30 days of a referral for evaluation, the PVLSD will determine if a disability is suspected. If so, the PVLSD will develop an evaluation plan with the parent and obtain written informed parental consent for evaluation. 
  • Within 60 days of consent for evaluation, the PVLSD will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, review the results of the evaluation with the parent, and determine eligibility for special education services. 
  • Within 30 days of eligibility, the PVLSD will create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the eligible student and implement the IEP with written parental consent.
The PVLSD will issue Prior Written Notice to Parents any time an action is taken or a decision is made. To be eligible for special education services, students must meet the following three state-imposed eligibility criteria:
  • The determining factor for the child’s poor performance is not due to a lack of appropriate instruction in reading or math or the child’s limited English proficiency. For the preschool-age child the determining factor for the child’s poor performance is not due to a lack of preschool pre-academics.
  • The child meets the state criteria for having a disability (or continuing to have a disability).
  • The child demonstrates an educational need that requires specially designed instruction.
Ohio's disability categories include Autism, Intellectual Disability, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, and Developmental Delay (for preschool-age children only).

Provision of Services

The PVLSD educates approximately 150 students with disabilities each year through a continuum of supports and services in each child's least restrictive enviroment. These may include specially designed instruction, related services and therapies, classroom accommodations, curricular modifications, and assistive technology.
The PVLSD proudly employs 9 special educators and partners with the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center to provide speech-language, occupational, and physical therapies, as well as school psychological services, audiological and vision services, and preschool special education.

If you have any concerns about your child's services, please contact you child's special educator or service provider, their school principal, or the Director of Pupil Services at (440) 293-6488.

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