Special Education Overview

Special Education Overview

Dayton Public Schools Office for Exceptional Children is committed to meeting the unique needs of students with disabilities by offering a continuum of services as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA). Dayton Public Schools offers free and appropriate public education to children ages 3 through 21 that meet special education eligibility requirements in one of thirteen disability categories in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Child Find

Dayton Public Schools is in an ongoing effort to identify, locate, and evaluate children with disabilities in the district who are in need of special education and/or related services in accordance with Rule 3301-51-03 of the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities. If you know of a child up to 21 years of age who you suspect may have a disability, but is not currently receiving services through our school district, please contact one of Dayton Public School’s Academic Coordinators by calling the Office for Exceptional Children department at 935-542-3353.

Requesting an Evaluation:

Parents are able to request an evaluation of their child. The district asks that parents put this request in writing and submit it to the administrator in their child’s school, or contact the Office for Exceptional Children at (937) 542-3353.

Special Education Process

A child’s eligibility for special education services is based on whether or not a qualified team of professionals determines the presence of a disability, the need for specially designed instruction and/or related services, and an adverse affect on the child’s education as part of an Evaluation Team Report (i.e., ETR). An evaluation team consists of parents/guardians, general education teachers, an intervention specialist, district representative, and school psychologist. Evaluation teams may also include support staff, such as a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or adaptive physical education teacher.

An Individualized Education Plan (i.e., IEP) will be developed by a team of trained professionals that outlines the child’s special education services in the event that a child is identified with a disability.