What is Child Find?
Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals (birth through 21 years of age) with disabilities who may need special education and related services. If you suspect an infant, child or young of having a developmental delay disability Mathis ISD can be of assistance.
Are there any costs involved?
No, Mathis ISD provides free evaluations and appropriate educational programs and related services for student with disabilities.
Referral for an Initial Evaluation
A school has a duty to make a referral for an initial evaluation for special education services any time it suspects that a child has a disability and a need for special education services under IDEA. You may also initiate a referral for an initial evaluation of your child at any time.
If you make a written request to a local educational agency’s director of special education services or to a district administrative employee for an initial evaluation for special education services, the school must, not later than the 15th school day after the date the school receives the request, either give you: 1) prior written notice of its proposal to conduct an evaluation, a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, and the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation; or 2) prior written notice of its refusal to evaluate your child and a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards.
Who can make a referral?
Anyone can start the process: A parent, doctor, teacher, child care provider, relative, friend, or others who are concerned about a child’s development can call their local school district Child Find contact or their regional Education Service Center.
Who to contact?
For children from birth to 3 years of age who have or might have disabilities or developmental delays contact ECI – Infant Development Program at (361) 664-0145 for information.
For children 3 to 5 years of age who have or might have disabilities but are not enrolled in the public school contact Mathis ISD Special Education Department at (361) 547-4123 for information.
For children that are attending Mathis ISD who have or might have disabilities contact the child’s principal or counselor and request a meeting.
For children that live in Mathis ISD but attend a private school outside of the Mathis ISD boundaries or for children that attend a private school located within the Mathis ISD boundaries contact Mathis ISD Special Education Department at (361) 547-4123 for information.