Child Find is a set of policies, procedures, and public awareness activities designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children who may require special education and related services. Each LEA must have policies and procedures in effect to ensure that all children with disabilities in need of special education and related services, regardless of severity of disability, are identified, located, and evaluated. In the District of Columbia, LEAs must ensure that adequate Child Find practices be aligned to federal and local requirements, which include requirements determined by the court in the D.L. v. District of Columbia litigation.
Currently under local regulations (DCMR), LEAs must complete an initial evaluation and eligibility determination within 120 calendar days of the date of referral. Local law passed in 2014 requires that the District modify the timeline for initial evaluation to be 60 calendar days from the date of parent consent for evaluation to the date that special education eligibility is determined. OSSE expects that this requirement will become effective July 1, 2018.
For questions about Child Find or the initial evaluation process, please contact the OSSE Special Education Policy Team at [email protected].
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