Child Find Procedures
Edgefield County School District (ECSD) has in effect several policies and procedures to ensure the school district will identify, locate, and evaluate all children residing in the county with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. This includes all children ages 3 to 21 who attend public or private schools; those who are home-schooled; those who are homeless or are wards of the state. Child Find activities implemented in ECSD include screening and general education intervention.
A screening process, which may lead to a more comprehensive assessment, is provided through Child Find Clinic.
Parents can obtain additional information about the process by contacting 803-275-4601.
General Education Intervention
A general education intervention process for children from kindergarten through grade 12 is provided at each school by the school's MTSS Team. The purpose of general education intervention is to intervene for any child who is presenting academic, behavior, functional, or medical concerns that are significantly impacting the student's access to the curriculum or school activities. This intervention leads to a better understanding of the support students need in order to be successful in the general education curriculum and school setting. The data collected during general education intervention assists the school's MTSS team in determining if the student may need to be referred for a comprehensive evaluation and/or referred for Section 504 consideration.
The Child Find Process
The Child Find process is a collaborative one with school personnel working in conjunction with parents to locate, evaluate, and identify children who may need special education and related services. Children in need of special education services or an accommodation for a disability should be identified in a timely manner. If the child is referred for a comprehensive evaluation, informed parental consent must be obtained prior to beginning the evaluation. The initial evaluation must be conducted within 60 calendar days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation.