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Special Education

Michael Melton
Special ED Director


michael.melton@cloverport.kyschools.us

 

 

Special Education Policy and Procedure Manual 2019

ARC Meeting Information

IEP Information

COVID-19 Letter from OSEEL

Indicator 8 Survey Letter

Director of Special Education

  • Dr. Michael Melton

Special Education Teachers

  • Julie Monarch
  • Kelly Cumpston

Instructional Assistants:

  • Krystal Sebastian
  • Amy Bradley
  • T5 Transportation
    • Tim Voyles

 

Child Find

The Cloverport Independent School District keeps educational records in a secure location in each school and Board office.

The Cloverport Independent School District obtains written consent from a parent or eligible student (age 18 or who is attending a postsecondary institution), before disclosing personally identifiable information to an entity or individual not authorized to receive it under FERPA.

For students who have been determined eligible for Special Education, educational records will be destroyed at the request of the parents when they are no longer needed to provide educational programs or services. The Cloverport Independent School District may destroy the educational records of a child without parent request three years after they are no longer needed to provide educational programs or services. Parents are advised that data contained in the records may later be needed for Social Security benefits or other purposes. The Cloverport Independent School District may retain, for an indefinite period of time, a record of the student’s name, address, telephone number, grades, attendance records, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed.

Children eligible for Special Education include those children with disabilities who  have autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional-behavior disability,  hearing impairment, mental disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment,  other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment,  traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment and who because of such an impairment  need Special Education services.

Children eligible for 504 services include those children in a public elementary and secondary education program who have a current physical or mental impairment that currently substantially limits some major life activity, which causes the student’s ability to access the school environment or school activities to be substantially limited. 

Children eligible for the State-Funded Preschool program include three- and four-year old children identified with disabilities and four-year-old children who are at-risk, as defined by federal poverty levels up to 150%. Preschool children eligible for special education must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) instead of a 504 plan to receive State-Funded Preschool program services.

The Cloverport Independent School District has an ongoing “Child Find” system, which is designed to locate, identify and evaluate any child residing in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, age three (3) to twenty-one (21) years, who may have a disability and be in need of Special Education or 504 services. This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private, or home school; those who are highly mobile such as children who are migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need but are not receiving Special Education or 504 services.

The district’s “Child Find” system includes children with disabilities attending private or home schools within the school district boundaries who may need special education services.

The Cloverport Independent School District will make sure any child  enrolled in its district who qualifies for Special Education or 504 services, regardless of  how severe the disability, is provided appropriate Special Education or 504 services at  no cost to the parents of the child.

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the Cloverport Independent School District find any child who may have a disability and need Special Education or 504 services. The District  needs to know the name and age, or date of birth of the child; the name, address, and  phone number(s) of the parents or guardian; the possible disability; and other  information to determine if Special Education or 504 services are needed.

Letters, school website, send it system, social media, home visits, newspaper announcements, multiple on site pre-school screening opportunities, and phone calls are some of the ways the Cloverport Independent School District collects the information needed. The information the school District collects will be used to contact the parents of the child and find out if the child needs to be evaluated or referred for Special Education or 504 services.