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If you suspect your child has a disability affecting his or her school performance, please notify your child's teacher, counselor, principal, or the Student Services Office at 734 744-2615. If your child has not started school, but you have concerns with his/her language or general development, call Patty Kozlowski at 734 744-2813, ext. 22990.

Educational Planning Team

The Educational Planning Team (EPT) is a problem-solving process that may be used by teachers and parents to help address learning or behavioral differences. At the EPT meeting, specific learning and behavioral challenges are identified and intervention strategies are decided upon. The EPT may reconvene multiple times to resolve the concerns, through the implementation of general education interventions.

Review of Educational & Evaluation Data

If, during the EPT or pre-referral process, there is a reason to believe that a child has a disability, an evaluation must be completed. Parents or teachers may request an evaluation. In order to get an evaluation of a child, an Evaluation Review Meeting (REED) must be held to review existing data, determine what testing is needed and who will provide the testing. Parents are invited to the REED. During the REED, the parent must consent to an evaluation before the testing can begin.

Many disabilities can only be identified after educational interventions have been implemented, systematically, over an extended period of time, with modifications, as needed, during their implementation. The REED not only documents when this has been completed, but identifies when more needs to be done prior to a special education evaluation.

A “Student With a Disability” is defined, according to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (effective April, 2009), under the provisions of Public Act of 1971, as

"a person who is determined by an individualized education program team or a hearing officer to have one or more of the impairments specified in this part (cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical impairment, other health impairment, speech and language impairment, early childhood developmental delay, specific learning disability, severe multiple impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury) that necessitates special education or related services, or both, who is not more than 25 years of age as of September 1 of the school year of enrollment, who has not completed a normal course of study, and who has not graduated from high school. A student who reaches the age of 26 years after September 1 is a student with a disability and entitled to continue a special education program or service until the end of that school year."

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