Here are some questions you may have about the process we use if special education services are a possibility for your child:
I have just received a phone call from my child's advisor/teacher that my child has been referred to a child study team. What does this mean?
This means that your child's academic team of teachers feels that your child may have issues at school which are interfering with his ability to learn.
What kinds of issues could my child's teacher be referring to?
The teacher may not have identified any particular area of concern, but would like to have a team of learning/behavioral specialists (this is called a child study team) review your child's records and make recommendations to them about how best to work with your child or about how a special education evaluation might be helpful.
May I attend this "child study team" meeting?
Yes, you will be invited to attend the meeting so that you can hear the school's concerns and also share your own knowledge or concerns. You are not required to attend this meeting, but you are certainly welcome.
If the child study team decides that a special education evaluation is necessary, do I have to give permission for this evaluation to take place?
Absolutely. Teachers can refer a student to the child study team without authorization from the parent, but no special education evaluation can take place without your written consent.
How will I know if the school is going to do an evaluation of my child?
The decision about whether or not to proceed with a special education evaluation will be made at the child study team meeting (which you may have attended). In addition, a form requesting your permission to evaluate your child will be sent to you shortly after the child study team has met. The form will not only indicate what areas are to be tested, but also who will be doing the evaluation and specifically what types of tests they are going to administer.
If I decide to go ahead with the evaluation, how long will it take?
The school district has 30 school days (not including holidays and weekends) within which to complete the testing.
What happens if my child has disabilities but does not speak English?
The Special Services department works with interpreters and cultural liaisons who help families understand the services available to students with disabilities.
What services are available for students with multiple and significant diabilities?
The Hopkins School District is part of a consortium of 13 metro-area school districts who work collaboratively to provide restrictive, smaller learning environments with students who demonstrate significant, multiple, and complex needs that cannot be served in our neighborhood schools. A link to this consortium district, called Intermediate District 287, appears in the resources box.