Project Child Find
North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with mental, physical or emotional disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services.
This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth, and to inform the public of available services.
Services include a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child and a referral to other agencies providing special services.
Director, Virginia Jones and the Exceptional Children Program Director, Pat Lankpoop encourages anyone who knows a child or youth who may have disabilities and is not receiving special assistance, to urge the parents/guardians to contact us or the Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children Division.
Notice of Availability of Educational Services to Children With Disabilities
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Tiller School attempts to locate, identify and evaluate every child with a disability residing in Carteret County who qualifies for Section 504 accommodations or services and to offer such child a free appropriate public education. Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. If you suspect or know that your child has a disability and may require or would benefit from Section 504 accommodations as part of a free appropriate public education, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child’s teacher if your child is enrolled at Tiller School.
Referral, Evaluation, & Placement of Exceptional Children
A student suspected of having an educational disability is referred to the Multi Tier System of Support Team. Interventions are identified and put in place to assist the student. Families are notified when students are referred to the team. If the interventions that have been put in place are not effective, the team would refer the student to the school based Exceptional Education team to consider the child for an evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, the team reconvenes with parents to determine eligibility. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for students who meet eligibility criteria and a program is developed to implement that IEP. The evaluation, eligibility and IEP development must occur within 90 days of initial referral. IEP’s are reviewed at least annually, and students are reviewed at least once every three years to determine if further evaluation is necessary.
Access our Community Policy Manual for information on other policies that may affect your child.
Access the Exceptional Children’s Website for the State of NC.