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Child Find

For students ages 2 1/2 - 21 years of age


As mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and NH Rules for the Education of children with Disabilities public schools must provide special education for all children between the ages of 3 and 21 (or until receipt of HS diploma)  who are determined to be educationally disabled.  Additionally, school districts are required to have formal “Child Find” procedures to locate, evaluate and identify children who may have disabilities to ensure eligible children are found, identified and provided needed services.  The law applies to all children living in the district, including those in nonpublic schools, preschools, hospital settings, as well as children who are wards of the state and homeless children in our district.

 

Eligible students are entitled to a free and appropriate education, including an individualized plan for instruction.  The law applies to all eligible children, regardless of the severity of the disability.

 

If you suspect that a child may have an educationally disabling condition, you are encouraged to contact the school district in which your child attends school (grades K-12).  For children ages 2 ½ - 5 years of age, please contact the school district where you claim as your primary residence.  For those persons who have not received a diploma and have not reached the age of 21, they may contact the school district where they claim primary residence.

 

PMHS Special Education Department sends annual notices to special education students who have not received a diploma and who have not reached the age of 21 regarding their right to a free appropriate public education. Please call the Director of Special Services at 875-3800 ex 3144.

 

Alton School District conducts annual Kindergarten Screenings (May) and Preschool Screenings (June).  Contacts may be made to the Special Education Administrative Assistant regarding these screening sessions (875-7500).

 

Barnstead School District conducts annual screenings. Contacts may be made to the Special Education Administrative Assistant regarding these screening sessions (269-5161)

 

Annual notices are sent to area Pediatricians, Preschools and Day-care Centers regarding the Child Find Policy and contact information.  

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