Special Education Preschool
The purpose of the Special Education Preschool is to offer preschool services to children between the ages of three and five with a documented disability in one of the following categories:
Other health impairment
Speech and language impairment
Traumatic brain injury
Families that have concerns in one or more of these areas may request preschool assistance by completing a referral form, requesting an evaluation of their child to determine if they qualify for special education preschool services.
All students being evaluated for special education preschool services will be evaluated in the following areas, through the use of standardized testing:
Fine and Gross motor skills
Social emotional development
The evaluation team is made up of you the parent, qualified school personnel, care givers, and anyone who has information that may be relevant the report. The team will gather information about your child by way of parent input, observation, direct assessment, parent interviews, rating scales, and record reviews.
When the evaluation is complete, the team will hold an Evaluation Team Meeting (ETR) to review the results of the evaluation and determine if your child qualifies for special education preschool services.
Once it has been determined that your child qualifies for services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be held to determine the services your child needs and placement to support you child's learning environment in the best way possible.
Students who qualify for special education preschool services will attend either two or four days a week, depending on each child's individual needs. Qualified students attend tuition free.
Preschool students attend a full day and classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There are no preschool classes in session on Wednesday. Class begins at 8:50 and dismiss at 3:20.
Typically students that live in the Conesville and Keene area attend Conesville Elementary, and students in the Union and Warsaw area attend Warsaw Elementary. In some cases a student's disability requires a different educational setting and the team will make the decision as to where to best serve that child's needs.
Vision and hearing checks are completed several times during the school year by the district nurse, and referrals for more comprehensive examinations are sent home if needed. Preschool students are required to have or have had a physical and dental examination within the last 12 months.
River View Local School District does not accept open enrollment for special education preschool students.
Where do you start?
If you suspect your child might have a disability you will need to complete the Referral for Evaluation form, River View registration form, and the Preschool Request for Assistance. Once you have completed all of the forms return them, as well as a copy of your child's official birth certificate, immunization records, and custody paperwork (if applicable) to the Office of Special Programs located at River View Junior High School. You may drop off the paperwork at the closest elementary school if that is more convenient and they will forward it for you.
** Please make sure you include your child's legal birth certificate, immunization records, and custody paperwork (if applicable) with your completed referral form. Please remember completely answer all of the question on the referral form, and to sign the form as the person initiating the referral.
After we receive the completed paperwork, the preschool teacher will contact you to schedule an evaluation appointment. Appointments are usually scheduled on Wednesdays, as there is no preschool class in session on Wednesday. The evaluations will take place at either Conesville Elementary or Warsaw Elementary, depending on which area you live in. The evaluation usually only takes about an hour to complete.
The ETR meeting is usually scheduled within a few weeks of the actual evaluation and lasts about an hour. Once it has been determined that your child qualifies for special education services a meeting will be scheduled to to over the IEP for your child and make decisions on placement and services.
If you have any questions please contact:
Jeff Vickers - Director of Special Programs
Phone: 740-824-3521 ext. 1306
Julie Richard - Special Programs Administrative Assistant
Phone: 740-824-3523 ext. 1357
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