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Last Updated: 9/28/2021 7:18 PM

It is the policy of the Mt. Gilead Exempted Village School District not to discriminate, in violation of Federal or State law, on the basis of a disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in, any service, program, or activity sponsored by the Mt. Gilead Schools.The Mt. Gilead EVSD Special Education Department is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless continuum of high- quality services for students with disabilities that facilitates the students’ academic and social/emotional growth. We are currently serving more than xxx students with disabilities through Individual Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) and Section 504 Plans under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with this policy or the nondiscrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should be directed to:

Molly Clapper, Student Services Director 

145 N. Cherry St. Mt. Gilead, Ohio 4338

419-946-1646 Ex. 5030

Child Find

Mt. Gilead Exempted Village School District is reaching out to families in our community that may have a child with special needs.  Each year school districts throughout Ohio participate in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, birth through 21.  A disability means there are conditions such as a multihandicap, hearing, visual, orthopedic, and/or other health handicap, severe behavior disorder and/or speech/language handicap. Many times children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of a community. Parents are not always aware that there are programs and services available for these children. If you have a child or know of a child you suspect may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact the Kristine Michael, Director of Curriculum & Special Education, at (419)-946-1646.

Evaluation

Each building has an Intervention Assistance Team (IAT). These teams are structured to help support students who are experiencing learning challenges through the implementation of classroom interventions. These interventions are designed by the building IAT to positively impact the student’s educational performance in the general curriculum. Parents who have concerns about their child’s educational progress should contact their child’s principal or classroom teacher to discuss those concerns.

Sometimes the interventions designed by the IATs are not enough to meet the needs of an individual student. Based upon the student’s response to the interventions or the student’s apparent need for specialized instruction, the student may be referred as a possible candidate for special education.

Students with Disabilities

Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5) who have been identified as having moderate to severe developmental delays in the areas of communication, motor, adaptive behavior, social-emotional, vision, hearing, or cognitive skills are provided with specially designed instruction at the Park Avenue Preschool. A child who is at least 3 years of age and not yet 6 years of age who meets the definition of a child with a disability or, at the choice of the school district, is a child who is (a) experiencing developmental delays in one of more of the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development and (b) who, because of it, needs special education and related services.

School Age (ages 6-21) students who have been identified as having one of the following disability conditions:

  • Autism
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Section 504

Overview

A free and appropriate public education (FAPE) shall be provided for each child determined to be in need of special education and/or related services. Students may be identified disabled and eligible for special education services under the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004). Others may be identified as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. A student identified as disabled under Section 504 may be eligible for services if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits learning or another major life activity.

Referral

Once consent has been received, the evaluation team will gather information about your child’s school performance. The following data may be considered by the team: student work samples, observations, behavior checklists, teacher rating scales, school records, and medical information. After reviewing the gathered information, the evaluation team will determineIF the student has a physical or mental disability that substantially limits learning. Re-evaluations will be periodically conducted, including at least every three (3) years.

504 Plan

If a student is identified as disabled under Section 504, the team shall design a plan to address the student’s needs. The education program shall be provided in the general education classroom to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the disabled student.

Review

At least annually, there shall be a review of the education plan for a student receiving services under a 504 Plan.

Assurances

Any student identified as disabled under Section 504 is ensured equal opportunities for participation in academic, non-academic and/or extracurricular activities, and preschool and adult education programs.

Procedural Safeguards

  1. Right to grant consent for evaluation activities.
  2. Right to revoke consent for evaluation activities at any time by submitting a written statement to the building principal.
  3. Right to receive written notice before a student’s educational status is changed.
  4. Right to examine school records.
  5. Right to file a grievance or request for impartial hearing to the extent provided by law.

Nondiscrimination Notice Statement

It is the policy of the Mt. Gilead Exempted Village School District not to discriminate, in violation of Federal or State law, on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in, any service, program, or activity sponsored by the New Albany-Plain Local Schools.

Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with this policy or the nondiscrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 should be directed to:

Kristine Michael

Director of Curriculum & Special Education

145 N. Cherry Street, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

(419) 946-1646

Title IX or Section 504/ADA inquiries may also be referred to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education.