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Child development screening set at WITC Nov. 5-7

A child development event and screening for preschoolers will be conducted by the School District of New Richmond on Nov. 5-7 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center.

Screening is open to any preschooler with birthdays between Feb. 10, 2005 and Feb. 7, 2006, any preschooler new to the District or who has not participated in the past, and any preschooler whose parent has a concern regarding their child's development.

Screening hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Letters will be sent to families (listed on the school census) with preschool children who have not been screened before.

Appointments can be made by calling the Special Services Department at 243-7470 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Parents who have an eligible child but do not receive a letter are encouraged to call for an appointment.

The School District of New Richmond is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services when they receive a request for an evaluation.

A request for evaluation is known as a referral.

According to New Richmond School District officials, when the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services.

The District locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Sue Curtis, Director of Special Education, School District of New Richmond, at 715-243-8423, or by writing him/her at 701 East 11th Street, New Richmond WI, 54017.