Anyone can refer a child in need. This includes a teacher, parent or guardian, or medical provider. You should refer your child for Special Education Eligiblity/504 if you feel he or she has a disability and is not making effective progress/deriving educational benefit from his or her current school program. To qualify for special education, the child will be evaluated by district staff, with your consent, and if the Team determines the child has a disability, he or she may be eligble for services and or accomodations documented within an IEP or 504.
Sharon Public Schools Conducting Child Find
In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the Sharon Public Schools provides special education programs for eligible students designed to meet the needs of children attending not only public schools but also those attending private school at private expense and whose parents reside in Sharon.
Sharon provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs using a continuous and systematic effort to identify children in need of special education services.
The Sharon schools will arrange for screening and evaluation of those students ages 16 through 21 who have not graduated from high school and who are not now attending school or children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay or intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, autism, communication, physical, specific learning or health impairment or combination thereof.
For any child who has been under medical care for mental health/emotional difficulties, a screening or evaluation may be appropriate in conjunction with your child’s health care provider’s recommendations.
For further information contact:
Amy Steinberg at 781-784-1594 – The Children’s Center
Caitrin O’Rourke at 781-784-1580 ext. 1303 - Cottage Street
Cheryl Carlson at 781-784-1552 ext. 2212 - East Elementary
Mark Crehan at 781-784-1595 ext. 3002 - Heights Elementary
Amy Abrams at 781-784-1560 ext. 6017 - Sharon Middle School
Jenn Graveline at 781- 784-1554 ext. 8015 - Sharon High School
Sharon Public Schools offers all programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and disability.
If your child attends private school at your expense, you can contact the Office of Student Services to discuss your concerns and begin the referral/evaluation process. Your child's classroom teacher will be asked to share information that may highlight your concerns regarding progress. Call 781.784-1563