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Kara Saldierna
Director of Special Education

Office: (531) 299-9461

Fax: (531) 299-0386
kara.saldierna@ops.org


Supervisor: Connie Coltrane 
(531) 299-9569
connie.coltrane@ops.org

Lead Teacher: Lori Chatfield
(531) 299-9549
laura.chatfield@ops.org

Child Find Information

All children with disabilities residing in the district, including children with disabilities attending non-public schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated and a practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children with disabilities are currently receiving needed special education and related services. 92NAC 51-006.01

1. All children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated and a practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children with disabilities are currently receiving needed special education and related services. For infants and toddlers, districts shall demonstrate targeted efforts to meet the needs of children from historically underserved populations, particularly minority, low-income, inner city and rural populations.

a. The Childfind requirements apply to highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children); and

b. A child who is suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education; even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

METHODS: Efforts to locate and evaluate resident children and students with disabilities who will benefit from special education and related services will be conducted on an ongoing basis in the following ways.

a.  Health and general education screening will be conducted by the district as required by Nebraska state statutes and Nebraska department of Education and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services regulations.

b.  Childfind plans will be developed and records maintained to document all such activities of the district and to evaluate their effectiveness.  Such records will include a copy of all public announcements.  Persons making referrals will be asked where they acquired the information that led them to the school district.

c.  The district will accept referrals for evaluation directly from parents other agencies or school personnel for children below age five who may benefit from the provision of special education services.  The district will conduct periodic screening activities to locate children with disabilities.