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Child Find

A school district has a duty to identify all students residing in their district who might need special education services. This duty is called Child Find. Child Find is from birth through age 21. 

A school district, or any person knowledgeable about a student, can ask for a student to be evaluated for special education services at any time. This means daycare teacher, parent, classroom teacher, medical provider, etc. 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all states to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all children with disabilities who are in need of Special Education Services and Related Services are: 

An evaluation is a process to determine whether a student has a disability and the nature and extent of the Special Education Services and Related Services the student needs. A disability is an impairment that interferes with a child’s ability to learn. A disability is described as a child who has a mental, physical, or emotional impairment Page 2 Bulletin Three 

Referral and timelines for initial evaluations in the State of Washington are found under Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-172A-03005 Referral and timelines for initial evaluations. 

Federal rules are found under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 34 CFR 301 Initial evaluations. 

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Please contact Helen Caldart at or call and leave a message at 253-312-2760 with any questions. Thank you. 

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