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Child Find -Magoffin County Schools
seeks to serve all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21. If you have
knowledge of any child who may have a disability and is not receiving services,
please contact Bronna Francis (Director of Special Education) 606-349-8223. An
appropriate education, at no cost, is a right to every child with a qualifying
Key terms that may be used concerning the education of your child.
Parent - In the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KARs) Related to
Exceptional Children parent means "a parent, a guardian, a person acting as a
parent of a child or youth, a permanent foster parent, or a surrogate parent
appointed by the local education agency as required. The term does not include a
guardian who is an employee of the Commonwealth if the child or youth is a ward
of the state."
Youth - When a child reaches the age of twelve (12), he or she will be
known as a youth. When a young person reaches the age of eighteen (18), he or
she will be considered an adult with full rights unless the parent provides
evidence that a court order or legal document proves the parent is the guardian
or youth's representative in educational matters.
Special Education - In the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) special education means "specially designed instruction, at no cost to
parents or guardians, to meet the unique needs of a child or youth with a
Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) - The Admissions and Release
Committee is responsible for making all decisions about the identification,
evaluation, placement, and provision of a free appropriate public education for
a child or youth. THE PARENT OF THE CHILD OR YOUTH IS ALWAYS A MEMBER OF THIS
COMMITTEE. In the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KARs) as Related to
Exceptional Children, the Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) includes the
following participants: parent; child or youth, where appropriate; regular
education teacher of the child or youth; teacher of exceptional children who is
knowledgeable of the disability or suspected disability; administrator or
designee; and others as requested by any member of the ARC. For preschool
children who are or have been in other early childhood programs, a
representative of their program is also included.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) - Free appropriate public education
means specially designed instruction and related services are provided for a
child or youth with an educational disability at no cost to parents. The school
may charge incidental fees which are normally charged to children and youth
without disabilities or their parents as part of the regular education program
(e.g. locker fees, laboratory fees, etc.).
Individual Education Program (IEP) - An Individual Education Program (IEP)
is a written plan of action developed by an Admissions and Release Committee
(ARC) to meet the specially designed instruction and related service needs of a
child or youth with a disability.
Specially Designed Instruction - In the Kentucky Administrative
Regulations (KARs) Related to Exceptional Children, specially designed
instruction means modifications or alterations in instructional methods,
techniques, materials, media, or content, including physical and environmental
adaptations. Specially designed instruction is unique or different to what is
used with most or all children or youth of the same or similar age who do not
have a disability. The specially designed instruction is required for a child or
youth with a disability to meet the Individual Education Program (IEP) goals and
objectives. The term includes instructional services and community experiences
needed to meet transition needs and assistive technology devices and services.
Related Services - Related services are those additional services that a
child or youth with a disability may need to benefit from specially designed
instruction. Related services may include, but are not limited to the following:
transportation; medical evaluations; speech therapy; school health services;
occupational therapy; physical therapy; parent counseling and training;
rehabilitation counseling; assistive technology and services; and recreation
services. Related services for preschool children
may also include parent education and service coordination.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - The least restrictive environment (LRE)
means the educational setting in which the child or youth with a disability can
learn effectively, based upon unique needs and capabilities, and interact with
similar age peers who are not disabled.
Ten Things Teachers Wish Parents Would Do
1. Participate in their childrenís education. Parent involvement
helps students learn, improves schools and makes the teacherís job easier.
2. Provide resources at home for reading and learning. Supply books and
magazines for children and read with them each day.
3. Set a good example. Show your children that you believe reading is enjoyable
4. Encourage children to do their best in school. Help them set obtainable goals
and monitor involvement in other activities.
5. Concern themselves first with academic progress, next with studentsí
preparation to assume adult responsibilities (work, etc.), then finally,
involvement in athletics and other extracurricular activities.
6. Support school rules, discipline policies, and achievement goals.
7. Call teachers as soon as a problem becomes apparent so that prompt action can
8. Teach basic self-discipline, good manners and other social skills that
children need throughout their lives.
9. Understand that alcohol, tobacco and excessive partying are problems as
serious as drug abuse. All of these can cause both a studentís health and
classroom performance to suffer.
10. Remember that teachers are people, too. Many are parents, and share your
parent challenges. Teachers want your child to succeed: help them. (Source:
Kenton County Schools)
How to Talk With Teachers
As a parent or guardian, it will be helpful to you and your child
if you introduce yourself to your childís teacher. Ask the teacher how and when
he or she prefers to be contacted. Via e-mail? Telephone? Handwritten note?
Typically, the beginning and end of the school day, as well as lunchtime, are
hectic for teachers meaning that phone calls might get lost. Many teachers make
themselves available to talk to parents during their daily planning time during
which they are free for conversation.
Open houses are also a good time to talk with teachers, but they operate on a
first-come, first-served basis so you might have to wait to get a moment with
the teacher. Of course, personal conferences, which many teachers actively seek
with parents, are an excellent time to discuss your childís progress
face-to-face with her or her teacher.
Whichever communication vehicle you use, the Kentucky Department of Education
and Magoffin County Schools encourages you to maintain a positive, ongoing
relationship with your childís teacher. Donít just call when there is a problem
or to express concerns or complain. Teachers will be most receptive to your
concerns when your communication with them also includes positive feedback.
(Source: Forward in the Fifth)
Important Documents for Parents of Special Education Children
IDHD Resource Manual-This
manual details many resources available in Kentucky from the
Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute
Procedural Safeguards (14 pages prints on 8.5 X 11 paper)
(Also known as Parents Rights)