Child Find Document
Geary Public Schools
Child Find Policy
The Geary Public School District has an ongoing CHILD FIND system. The purpose of the child Find System is to find any child or youth that may have a disability that requires special educational services, in order to provide them with an appropriate public education. The school districts are looking for these children and youth, age birth to twenty-two years, who are not currently receiving special education and related services.
The school district will make sure any child or youth who has a disability that requires special education and related services, is provided an appropriate public education. This education will be at no cost to the parents of the child or youth.
Children and youth with disabilities means (as defined by the Oklahoma State Policies and Procedures for Special Education in Oklahoma) those who have hearing impairments, vision impairments, an emotional disturbance, deafness, blindness (or both), specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, speech and/or language impairments, physical disabilities, autism, or traumatic brain injuries. In addition, children and youth with any disabilities which substantially limits a major life activity may receive modifications and accommodations to allow them access to an appropriate education (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended).
Parents, relatives, private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the Geary School District find any infant, toddler, child or youth who may have a disability and need special education and related services. The school district will need to know the name, age, date of birth of the child or youth, and the name, address and telephone number of the child’s parents or guardians, the possible disability, and any other relevant information to help determine if special education is needed.
Letters, newspaper notifications, and phone calls are some of the ways the school districts collect the information needed. The information the school districts collect will be used to contact the parents or guardians of the child or youth to find out if the child or youth needs to be evaluated or referred for special education services.
For information, contact: Sean Buchanan, Superintendent at 405-884-5601.
As part of the child find efforts, the school districts may use screening information, student records, and basic assessment information collected on all children and youth in their districts to help locate those children and youth who have a disability and need special education.
Education records containing personally identifiable information collected by schools in the identification, location, screening, and evaluation of children are maintained in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Oklahoma State Policies and Procedures for Special Education in Oklahoma.
Geary School District develops and implements local policies regarding the collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction of confidential student records.
The rights of parents and children regarding personally identifiable information in accordance with FERPA are as follows:
- To inspect the student’s educational records.
- To request the amendment of education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
- To consent to disclose education records, except where consent is not required to authorize disclosure.
- To file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202, concerning alleged violations of the requirements of FERPA.
- To obtain a copy of the FERPA policy adopted by the local school district upon request being made to the local school administrator.
Before any major identification, location, or evaluation, schools shall provide notice to parents. Accommodations for other languages or means of communication may be provided upon request. Such notice shall occur at least annually and shall include the rights of the parents under FERPA.
The school districts do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status.