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Sacaton Elementary School District

Child Find Process

Federal law requires that all school districts have a “Child Find” procedure in place. The purpose is to search out and find children who may have a disability.

All school age children are screened within the first 45 days after enrollment at a school by their respective classroom teachers if in Kindergarten or are new to the campus. The 45-Day Screening information is filed in their Cumulative Files kept at each campus or if the child is suspected of having a disability, their screening form is forwarded to the Director of Sacaton Exceptional Student Services or a School Counselor. Follow-up communication with the parents/guardians will take place. If necessary a Child Study Team meeting will be held with the parents/guardians as members of that team, to discuss further options that may be put in place for the educational success of the child.

At any time throughout the year parents and school district staff may refer a child for screening if they suspect a disability. It is a very simple process — contact Dr. DiAnne Davidsen in the Exceptional Student Services Office located on the Sacaton Middle School campus, room C-8, or by phone, (520) 562-8600 x 2030. We will then begin the process of working with the child and their parent/guardian after the referral. Any person may refer a child who they suspect has a disability. However, valuations cannot be conducted without parent/guardian permission to test.

Preschool Children (birth-5) are screened through events that occur in the Gila River Indian Community such as Child Find/Kid Fest. The Sacaton Child Find/Kid Fest is held annually at Sacaton Elementary School. Other districts have their Kid Fest activities scheduled throughout the year. Sacaton Elementary School District conducts their Child Find activities for D-2, D-3, D-4, and D-5. Gila River Indian Community Early Childhood Special Services holds Child Find activities in all districts throughout the year or can receive referrals at any time from parents. 

No matter the age of the child, (birth to 21), or the suspected disability, the Exceptional Student Services Office is required to take the referral and act as liaison to help the parent/guardian contact the appropriate agency for screening and/or support.

It takes everyone working together to support the educational needs of the children and youth of the Gila River Indian Community. We look forward to working with you.

Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18
92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (520) 562-8600
Fax: (480) 763-4410
Elementary School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 3001
Fax: 480.763.4430
Middle School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 2001
Fax: 480.763.4420
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