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PDFWAC 392-172A-02040

Child find.

(1) School districts shall conduct child find activities calculated to reach all students with a suspected disability for the purpose of locating, evaluating and identifying students who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disability. The child find activities shall extend to students residing within the school district boundaries whether or not they are enrolled in the public school system; except that students attending approved nonprofit private elementary or secondary schools located within the school district boundaries shall be located, identified and evaluated consistent with WAC 392-172A-04005. School districts will conduct any required child find activities for infants and toddlers, consistent with the child find requirements of the lead agency for Part C of the act.
(2) Child find activities must be calculated to reach students who are homeless, wards of the state, highly mobile students with disabilities, such as homeless and migrant students and students who are suspected of being a student with a disability and in need of special education services, even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
(3) The school district shall have policies and procedures in effect that describe the methods it uses to conduct child find activities in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) of this section. Methods used may include, but are not limited to, activities such as:
(a) Providing written notification to all parents of students in the school district's jurisdiction regarding access to and the use of its child find system;
(b) Posting notices in school buildings, other public agency offices, medical facilities, and other public areas, describing the availability of child find;
(c) Offering preschool developmental screenings;
(d) Conducting local media informational campaigns;
(e) Coordinating distribution of information with other child find programs within public and private agencies; and
(f) Using internal district child find methods such as screening, reviewing district-wide test results, providing in-service education to staff, and other methods developed by the school district to identify, locate and evaluate students including a systematic, intervention based, process within general education for determining the need for a special education services referral.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090. WSR 21-19-065, § 392-172A-02040, filed 9/14/21, effective 10/15/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090 and 34 C.F.R. Part 300. WSR 13-20-034, § 392-172A-02040, filed 9/24/13, effective 10/25/13; WSR 09-20-053, § 392-172A-02040, filed 10/1/09, effective 11/1/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090(7) and 42 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. WSR 07-14-078, § 392-172A-02040, filed 6/29/07, effective 7/30/07.]
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