Special Education Services:
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Fairfield Local Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.
The Fairfield Local School District’s adopted Child Find Policy requires that all children below twenty-two (22) years of age residing within the district, who have a disability regardless of the severity of the disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state standards.
For children birth through age two, a disability means that a child have a behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development and/or social or emotional development deficit.
For children age three through five years of age, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, social emotional/behavior functioning or vision abilities.
For school-age children, a disability means a person having one or more conditions such as autism, developmental handicap, hearing handicap, multi-handicap, orthopedically and/or other health handicaps, emotional/behavior handicap, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury or vision handicap.
If you are aware of a child who you think may have a disability, please contact Jennie Pierson, Director of Special Education Services at 937-780-2221.