The Pulaski County Special School District adheres to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires that each state provide a free appropriate public education for all eligible children with disabilities.
Public agencies are to comply with Federal and State Child Find requirements through locating and identifying all children and youth in the state from birth to 21 years of age who are possibly in need of early intervention or special education and related services. Child Find is an ongoing cooperative effort that must involve state and local education agencies, parents, the community, professionals, related organizations, and private schools. This involvement is based on the premise that parents and public agency personnel, working cooperatively, can successfully locate and identify children in need of early intervention or special education and related services. The collection and use of data to meet the requirements of Child Find are subject to the confidentiality requirements of IDEA.
Eligibility Criteria and Program Guidelines
Referrals for Special Education Services are to made to the school in which the child attends or is zoned for School-age children. Each school has a Special Education Designee as a contact for special education services.
Referrals for Special Education Services for preschool age students (3-5) who reside in the PCSSD are to be made to the District’s Special Education Department’s Early Childhood Division’s contact at 501.234.2426.
Referrals for Special Education Services for Private/Homeschool students are to be made to the District’s Special Education Department’s contact at 501.234.2411. Referrals for school-age students enrolled in Private Schools located outside of the PCSSD are to be made to the Local Educational Agency or School District in which the Private School is located.
- Eligibility Criteria and Program Guidelines for Children with Disabilities
- Medicaid in the Schools Program and Information
- Apply for Medicaid or ARKids First
For further guidance and questions, please contact the District’s Special Education Department at 501.234.2436.