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Special Education

WLS Special Education

Laura Collier - Special Education Supervisor


659 Dayton Road
Waynesville, OH 45068

Phone: 513.897.2761  X2204

Wayne Local Schools is committed to offering a free and appropriate public education to meet the unique needs of students in the district with special needs, ages 3-21.



A child’s eligibility for special education is determined through the completion of an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) by a school psychologist and team including the family. Students must demonstrate the need for specially designed instruction and/or related services due to a disability that has an adverse impact on the student’s ability to participate in their educational process.

Once a request for an evaluation is provided to the district, the district has up to 30 days to respond to the request. The team will agree to complete the evaluation, or present a prior written notice stating the reasons an evaluation will not be conducted. Most often this process occurs through a team meeting. When the district begins an evaluation, there is a 60 day time period allotted for the completion of the evaluation from the time the parental consent is received for the evaluation.

Should a child be found eligible for services, the district will write an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) outlining the student’s needs, current levels of performance, and goals and objectives the team wants the child to achieve. The IEP will also outline the services that will be provided to the child.

Child Find:

Public schools are required by federal and state law to find all children with disabilities, ages birth through 21, and provide special education services for ages 3-21 for any child identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Disabilities under IDEIA include speech and language, hearing impairments, visual impairments, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, orthopedic disability, autism and traumatic brain injury and developmental disability (preschool only). If after an evaluation, a child is determined to have a disability under IDEIA, the child is eligible to receive special education services through the school district.

All information related to the referral, evaluation, identification and special education services is confidential information. Parents retain specific rights related to confidentiality, review of records, release of information and accuracy of records for any child referred to special education, identified as special education or who receives special education services.

Should you know of a child with a disability please contact Laura Collier, the Special Education Supervisor. 


A copy of parental rights for students with special needs can be found here: 

A Guide to Parent Rights

Parent\'s Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) 

Child Find

Child find is a search for all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21.  Child find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services.  Contact Mr. Pat Dubbs, Superintendent, at 513-897-6971.

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