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Child Find: Eligibility and Screening

Child Find: Eligibility and Screening

A variety of tools and strategies are used to gather information to determine whether or not a student is eligible for special education. The evaluation process establishes whether or not a child has an exceptionality (disability or giftedness) and has a need for special education and related services. Students must meet two criteria to be enrolled in special education:

1 Does the student have a disability?

2 |   Does the student need specially designed instruction to benefit from the general education curriculum?

Use the menus below to view Screening Information specific for the most relevant age group.

  • The Kansas Department of Education invites you to attend a free developmental screening.  The purpose of the screening is to assess children, age birth to five, in the areas of walking, talking, seeing, hearing, and learning. 

    Ages birth to 36 months: Parents are encouraged to call the Parents as Teachers program at (316) 794-4057 to schedule a home screening. Hearing screenings are available by appointment. Please call the Parents as Teachers to schedule an appointment.  More information can be found here concerning Parents as Teachers.

    Ages 36 months to 5 years: Call the Goddard Special Education department (316) 794-4000 to schedule a screening. If you have other questions, please contact Trisha Moritz at tmoritz@goddardusd.com, as she is our Early Childhood Facilitator for the Goddard Special Education Cooperative.  Click here for dates and location of these screenings.

    The Goddard Special Education Team meets with community-based daycare and pre-school providers to inform these agencies of the child find process. Community-based staff is encouraged to refer children and their families to Goddard if a concern arises related to the presence of a potential disability or developmental delay.

  • Students ages 5 to 21, including those who are highly mobile, migrant and/or homeless, are referred for special education evaluation by school personnel when a disability is suspected. Parents are notified and involved in the process when a concern first arises. ‚Äč 

    Parents may also request a special education evaluation and the district is required to respond in writing. The need for special education and related services is determined in consultation with parents at each Goddard Special Education building site following the completed evaluation process. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's neighborhood schools' principal or school psychologist with questions about special education services and the evaluation process.

Special Education Staff Contacts

Jess Herbig
Executive Director of Student Support Services 
P: 316-794-4000 
E: jherbig@goddardusd.com

Sydney Graf
Special Education Coordinator 
P: 316-794-4000 
E: sgraf@goddardusd.com

Melody Stuckey
Special Education Coordinator
P: 316-794-4000 
E: mstuckey@goddardusd.com