The NAVARRO Independent School District has an obligation to identify, locate and evaluate each child, birth to age 21 inclusive, residing within the jurisdiction of the District who has a disability or is suspected of having a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability, and who is in need of special education and related services. This Child Find obligation—mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA or, more commonly, IDEA) and Texas special education law—extends to all children with disabilities, including those who are homeless, highly mobile, migrants, in foster care, homeschooled, court-involved or attending private schools within the jurisdiction of the District.
The District annually notifies and informs the NAVARRO ISD community of a student’s right to a free appropriate public education and the programs and services available to eligible students, as well as the right to request an evaluation for special education and related services. The District endeavors to distribute written information in both English and Spanish to every enrolled student’s family regarding IDEA’s Child Find and free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements, to inform them of the options and requirements for identifying students who may be suspected of having a disability and have an educational need for special education and specially designed instruction. The District’s community-wide efforts may include:
- publishing a Child Find notice in a local newspaper of general circulation;
- posting or linking the District’s Child Find notice on the District's website; and
- placing a Child Find notice in locations where potentially eligible children and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are likely to see it, like disability-related community
- agencies, hospitals or daycare centers.
The District’s Child Find notice is available to the public and to parents in both English and Spanish on the District’s website at NOTICES. Together with the District’s annual Child Find notice, the District includes information indicating where members of the NAVARRO ISD community can access the District’s processes and procedures for initiating a referral for special education services eligibility evaluation. The District also offers annual training to teachers and staff regarding the District’s responsibility to actively identify and appropriately refer for evaluation students suspected of being in need of special education and related services, consistent with these Special Education Operating Procedures (“Operating Procedures”).
Homeless and highly mobile students are served via the District’s homeless education liaison Lacey Gosch as part of the District’s participation in TEA’s Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY)program.
Visit the Texas Education Agency website Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network for additional information.