Special Education

Overview

Sara Hayes
  • Director of Student Services
  • Adjudicated Youth Liaison 
  • Foster Care Contact
  • ESSA/ Homeless Liaison

Welcome Parents!

Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools wants to help provide information and links for parents.  Our goal is to partner with you in serving all students.
 
IDEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (https://sites.ed.gov/idea) provides for a free, appropriate public education for all individuals with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Liberty Union Schools provide services in accordance with Ohio's Model Policies and Procedures for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  

CHILD FIND
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating all children from age three to twenty-one who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services.  The district seeks to identify, through Child Find, all children in the Liberty Union-Thurston District who attend public or non-public school in the district, or who are homeless or wards of the state, who may be in need of special education and related services. If you know of a child who may have a suspected disability, including preschool-age children, please contact the Director of Student Services at (740) 862-4171. 

PARENT SURROGATE
A Surrogate Parent is an individual who is appointed by the school district of residence or a court to represent a student with a disability (1) whose parent cannot be identified or located, (2) who is a ward of the state, or (3) who is an unaccompanied homeless youth. Surrogate Parents assist in all matters relating to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of the child and the provision of FAPE. Individuals must complete a 5-hour online training and be appointed by the district to serve in this capacity. For more information on how to represent Liberty Union-Thurston students with disabilities as a surrogate parent, please go to 
https://ohiosurrogateparent.org/ or contact the Director of Student Services at 740-862-4171.
 

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