The Louisiana Department of Education requires that each district has policies and procedures in place to ensure that all students with disabilities residing in the State are identified, located, and evaluated. Through Child Search/Find activities, children and youth in need of special education services are identified, located, and evaluated.
Child Search is a nationwide effort to locate all children with disabilities, ages zero through twenty-one, who are not receiving educational services. Child Search is a part of Special Education in Louisiana schools. It is designed to identify, locate, and evaluate children who may be in need of special education services and are not currently enrolled in school.
Child Find: A continuous process of public awareness activities, screening, and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families.
The St. Bernard Parish Public School District identifies, locates, and evaluates all students with disabilities in need of special education and related services residing within its jurisdiction including students who are homeless, wards of the State, or attending private schools. The St. Bernard Parish School District has established procedures that outline how the district will conduct Child Search activities and the ways it will ensure that on-going identification activities are conducted to identify, locate, and evaluate each student suspected of having a disability and in need of special education and related services.
Child Search applies to any individual with a disability, age’s birth through 21 years of age, who is not currently receiving special education services. Child Search also applies to individuals who may be gifted and/or talented between the ages of 3 through 21 who are not currently receiving special education and related services.
St. Bernard Parish Public Schools
Child Search Coordinator