Eligibility for Services

  • When a parent, educator, or other specialist expresses a concern about a student's educational and/or developmental progress, the school's Student Assistance Team (SAT) meets to develop problem-solving and intervention strategies to be implemented for the students to be successful in the school setting. Parents are participants in the Student Assistance Team process and they are informed of the interventions to be used. If these strategies do not adequately meet the needs of the student, a referral for a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDT) may be made. 

    • A written notice and consent for evaluation must be signed by the parent for the initial multidisciplinary evaluation (MDT).
    • The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is responsible for the assessment, analysis, and documentation of the educational and developmental needs of each student referred to. Parents participate throughout the process of gathering information as well.
    • The Multidisciplinary Team, which includes the parents, reviews the results of the evaluation and determines if the student has a disability according to federal and state guidelines.

    The multidisciplinary evaluation report is used to develop present levels of performance for the Individual Educational Program (IEP). These educational needs determine the most appropriate program in which to implement the Individual Educational Program.

    To be eligible for special education services, a student must meet federal and state criteria in one or more of the following disability categories below:

  • For more information, please contact the Special Education Department at (531) 299-0244.

    If you have concerns regarding the development of your child who is between the ages of birth thru two years old, please call the Early Development Network at (531) 299-0242 or email Birth-3Referral@ops.org to discuss your concerns.

    If you have concerns regarding the development of your child who is between the ages of three to five years old, please call the Early Childhood Education office at (531) 299-0303 or email ECSEReferral@ops.org and indicate that you are requesting an evaluation for developmental concerns.

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

  • Autism

  • Behavior Disorder

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Developmental Delay

  • Hearing Impairments

  • Mental Handicap

  • Multiple Impairments

  • Orthopedic Impairments

  • Other Health Impairments

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech-Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment, including Blindness