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Community-wide Child Find Underway


August 25, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is currently conducting a community-wide Child Find for children ages 3-21 who may be eligible for free special education services.

Special Education covers a wide range of disability categories under which students may qualify for additional services in the school setting. They include learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, other health impaired, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, deaf, orthopedically impaired, speech impaired, early childhood developmental delay, autism, vision impaired, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, and multiply disabled.

Children who are suspected of having any one or more of the disabilities may, after classroom intervention, be referred for a special education evaluation. This evaluation may include parent input, academic and cognitive assessment, classroom observation, and other information provided by teachers and staff.

Once a child has been determined eligible for special education and a team consisting of parents, school staff and others meets and decides that services are necessary for the child to appropriately benefit from his/her educational program, an Individual Education Plan, or IEP is written. This IEP is a guideline to assist the child with annual goals and objectives that aid his/her success in school.

If your child is experiencing significant difficulty in the educational setting, you may contact either your building principal, classroom teacher, or the Special Services Office at 247-2115, to ask questions and decide whether a referral for special education is a step you wish to take.


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Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District


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