Special Education services are provided to eligible students ages 3 – 21. Federal and state regulations require that all public school districts have childfind procedures in place so that students of concern can be identified, referred, and as appropriate assessed and placed in a program designed for their needs.
The Cheney Public School District provides many programs for the children of our schools at no cost to you. The schools offer special programs such as speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, Title/LAP and special education academic programs, and preschool classes to children 3 years and older.
Developmental screenings and/or comprehensive assessments for children who are suspected of having a disability which could adversely affect their educational development are available at no cost to you. These services are available for persons between the ages of birth through 21 years of age. Appointments or futher information can be obtained by contacting your neighborhood school or Student Support Services at (509) 559-4507.
Any application and any required policies, procedures, evaluations, plans, and reports related to special education will be made readily available to parents and other members of the general public through the District’s Student Support Services Department. If you would like to review any of these, please contact us.
The district encourages parental involvement and the exchange of information regarding parents’ children so that we are able to provide appropriate services to students. Guidelines for who is considered a “parent” include parents, legal guardians, persons acting in the place of a parent such as relatives and stepparents, persons appointed as surrogate parents, and students aged 18 and above.
Special Education Procedural Safeguard for Students and their Families
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide parents of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them under IDEA and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction rules governing the provision of special education.