Special Education/Student Services

Below you will find information on how the COVID-19 outbreak may impact your student(s) receiving special education services.  There is also information from various state entities that will provide direction and expectations moving forward in this difficult educational time.
ODE information for Ohio School Districts:
 
Ohio Health Department
 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Ashtabula County Health Department
 
Talking to children about COVID 19
 
 
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children:
 
Jennifer Polak
Director of Special Education/Student Services 
jennifer.polak@aacs.net
(440) 992-1204
 
Susan Prochazka
Administrative Assistant
Special Education/Student Services 

Child Find

The Ashtabula City School District is engaged in an intensive awareness campaign to locate children with disabilities. This process is known as Child Find.

What is Child Find? Local educational agencies are required under Federal Regulation 34 CFR 300.220 to initiate an intensive awareness campaign to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who may need special education or related services.

What is the Purpose of Child Find?
  • To promote public awareness of disabilities
  • To alert parents, professionals, and the general public to locate children who may have special needs
  • To assist school districts in finding children who may have disabilities and who otherwise may not have come to the district’s attention
  • To enable children and families to receive the special education and related services that are needed
 
Who Can Help?

Parents, relatives, public and private agencies, and concerned citizens can help school districts find any child who is age birth through 21 years, who may have a disability and need special education or related services. If you are aware of a Ashtabula City child who may have special needs and is not being served, please notify the  Special Education/Student Services  Office of the Ashtabula City School District at (440) 992-1204. The District will contact the parents of the child to determine if the child needs to be evaluated.