The Pymatuning Valley Local School District is engaged in an intensive campaign to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who may need special education or related services. This process is known as Child Find.
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.
Families, public and private agencies, and concerned citizens can help locate any child who is age birth through 21 years who may have a disability and need special education or related services. If you are aware of any child residing withing the boundaries of the Pymatuning Valley Local School District who may have a disability and is not being served by special education, please contact the Director of Pupil Services at (440) 293-6488.
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 through this process.
Provision of Services
The Pymatuning Valley Local School District educates approximately 150 students with disabilities each year through a continuum of supports and services in each child's least restrictive enviroment. These include specially designed instrution, related services and therapies, classroom accommodations, curricular modifications, and assistive technology.
To meet the unique needs of students with disabilities and to ensure the provision of each child's free and appropriate public education, the Pymatuning Valley Local School District proudly employs 12 special educators and contracts with the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center to provide speech-language, occupational, and physical therapies, school psychological services, and preschool special education.
If you have any concerns about your child's provision of special education services, please contact you child's special educator, school principal, or the Director of Pupil Services at (440) 293-6488.