Chesterfield County Public Schools maintains an active and continuing Child Find program to identify children with disabilities who may require special education services or Section 504 accommodations. Procedures include screening, referral, evaluation and eligibility determination. Students who are found eligible for special education services are provided specialized instruction and related services according to individualized education programs governed through federal and state regulations and division procedures. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures that supports are in place for students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, special education and related services are provided at no cost to eligible CCPS students with disabilities ages 2 through 21. Determining a child’s eligibility for special education and related services is a detailed process that involves making decisions that significantly affect a child’s educational programming, preparation for school completion and postsecondary life. The eligibility process involves reviewing the student’s academic and behavioral data, observing the student in educational environments and compiling information from families, teachers and specialists who have knowledge of the student’s academic and functional performance. Members of the eligibility team determine the need for a psychological, educational and sociocultural evaluation and review and interpret the results of assessments once they are completed. During the special education eligibility process, a team (including the parents) determines whether the child has a disability that requires special education. Once a child is found eligible for services under the IDEA, an individualized education program will be developed to address the student’s academic and functional needs.
Chesterfield County Public Schools and school staff members are subject to the rules and laws as outlined in the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (2004).
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified students determined, through an eligibility process, to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Section 504 requires that school divisions provide a free appropriate public education to qualified students.
If you suspect your child may have a disability, you may make a referral to your school’s special education coordinator or school administrator. If your child is not enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools, contact an administrator at the school your child would attend based on your home address.
Parent partnerships are an essential component of the special education and Section 504 processes. If you have questions, contact your child’s school or the Department of Special Education at 804-639-8918.
Parents are integral participants in all facets of the special education and Section 504 process. If you have questions, contact the school or the Department of Special Education at 804-639-8918.