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Notice of Child Find

The Unified School District of De Pere must locate, identify, and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. The school district has a special education screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request, the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated from high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request for a screening may be made by contacting Jerry Nicholson, Director of Student Services, at (920) 983-2456 or by writing him at The Unified School District of De Pere, Office of Student Services, 1700 Chicago Street, De Pere, WI 54115.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. Referral of a child residing in the Unified School District of De Pere may be sent to Jerry Nicholson, Director of Student Services at the address above.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child's motor, communication, and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child's hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child's current development and to provide suggestions for follow-up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The Unified School District of De Pere's Child Development Days screening program for preschoolers takes place each spring. Dates will be advertised when the schedule is set.

Services for Children with Disabilities