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IHBAC - Child Find

Falmouth Public Schools seeks to ensure that all children between the ages of school-age 5 and 22 years within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and supportive assistance are identified, located and evaluated.  This also includes homeless children, state wards, state agency clients, students who have been suspended or expelled, children attending private schools or receiving home instruction, children incarcerated in county jails, children who have the equivalent of 10 full days of unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year, highly mobile children (including migrant or homeless), and children who are suspected of having a disability and to be in need of special education and supportive assistance regardless of grade advance.

Falmouth Public School is responsible for child find for resident students attending private or public schools through public tuition payments or public contract and shall meet this duty either through appropriate arrangements with the receiving unit or school or through direct child find services by unit personnel or contracted personnel.

The Falmouth Public Schools’ child find responsibility shall be accomplished through a process which, while not a definitive or final judgment of a student’s capabilities or disability, is a possible indicator of special education needs. Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and a determination by the Individual Education Program (IEP) Team.

The school unit shall provide child find during the first 30 days of the school year or during the first 30 days of enrollment for transfer children, in addition to other child find activities provided by the school unit.

This child find process shall include obtaining data on each child through multiple measures, direct assessment, and parent information regarding the child’s academic and functional performance, gross and fine motor skills, receptive and expressive language skills, vision, hearing and cognitive skills. Falmouth Public Schools may schedule child find activities during its annual kindergarten enrollment to assist in planning for necessary special education and related service at the start of the school year. If screening occurs in the spring prior to school entry, Falmouth Public Schools will refer the child to the regional Child Development Services (CDS) site within 10 school days.

If the child find process indicates that a student may require special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education, the student shall be referred to the IEP Team to determine the student’s eligibility for special education services.

School staff, parents, or agency representatives or other individuals with knowledge of the child may refer children to the IEP team if they believe that the student, because of a disability, may be in need of special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education. Such a referral should follow the district’s referral and general education interventions policy.


Legal Reference:
34 C.F.R. § 300.111 (2006)

Me. Dept. of Educ. Rule Ch. 101, IV 2(A), (C) (2015)

Me Dept. of Educ. Administrative Letter 1 (January 21, 2021)


Cross Reference:
IHBAA – Referral and General Education Interventions Policy

IHBAA-R – Referral Procedures and General Education Interventions

IHBAC-E - Child Find Notice


Adopted:  April 29, 2009

Revised:   March 18, 2019
                   August 15, 2022