The Dysart Unified School District will play host to a meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 to discuss Child Find procedures in training room three of the district Support Services Facility, 13825 N. Desert Cove Road.
The meeting also will include discussions on the types of services the district is able to provide through Proportionate Share to families who have chosen to attend a private school within district boundaries whose students have been determined eligible for and are in need of services.
Proportionate Share is a set of funds set aside specifically to offer private and home school students some special education supports through public school districts.
Families of students in private and home school settings, private school administrators, and private childcare providers within district boundaries are invited to the meeting hosted by the Dysart Exceptional Student Services Department.
The district abides by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which requires that public school agencies ensure all children (from birth through age 21) with delays or developmental disabilities are identified, located, and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need.
This includes all children living within the geographic boundaries of the school district — those who are homeless or wards of the state, are attending private schools, or are home schooled.
The district offers Child Find screenings for students aged 2 years 9 months through 5 years old who may have developmental delays. Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development.
Parents of a preschool child in this age range with suspected developmental delays that resides within district boundaries should call 623-876-7022 (Select option No. 2) to schedule a free Child Find screening.