The Student Services Department oversees services for students receiving homebound instruction, Section 504 services, preschool special education, special education for school-age students, and children with limited English proficiency. Over 70 full time and part time employees are dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of these students residing in our district. Our department goal is to ensure that all students in Anthony Wayne Local Schools are taught the skills necessary to be healthy, happy, and productive citizens in our great community.
Angela Gardner, Student Services Supervisor Grades 7- 12 - CAO
Jennifer Karl-Thompson, Student Services Supervisor Preschool - Grade 6 - CAO
Crystal Bucher, Student Services Secretary - CAO
Susan Rogers, School Psychologist - Waterville & Monclova Primary
Jessica McIntier, School Psychologist - FTMS, Whitehouse Primary
Jessica Keeler, School Psychologist - AWJH, AWHS
Dorothy Itle & Anne Roberts, School Psychologist - non-publics and scholarships
Anne Roberts, School Psychologist - Preschool
Children ages 0-3 are served by Early Intervention Services through Lucas County Board of Developmental Delay. This agency can be contacted at 419-381-7300.
If you suspect your child (age 3-5) is a preschooler with a disability please call 419-877-5377 for an initial telephone interview. This will allow the district to collect basic information regarding your concerns and your child’s developmental history. Prior to evaluation, parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to schedule an appointment to provide the following information: 2 proofs of residency (ex/ current utility bills, landline phone, lease or purchase agreement), the child’s birth certificate, parent(s)’guardian(s) photo identification, divorce decree and/or proof of legal custody of the child. Additional information is required for children residing in foster care including: foster parent agreement, or school personnel letter, court document naming the school district responsible for the cost of educating the child.
Request for Assistance
What should I do if my child is having difficulty in school?
- Contact the teacher, guidance counselor or principal to discuss your concerns and provide information that may be helpful:
- Ask for assistance; and/or
- Attend a meeting to help determine if your child is suspected of having a disability, which may require special education and related services.
What if the teacher reports that my child is having difficulty in school?
The school district may:
- Contact you for detailed information;
- Attempt intervention strategies for teaching your child and document the results;
- Use a team approach to generate additional intervention ideas for teaching your child and make a record of the results; and/or
- Contact you to participate in a meeting to develop intervention ideas or determine if your child is suspected of having a disability, which may require special education and related services.
At any time you suspect your child has a disability, you may request that your child be evaluated. This request for evaluation is called a “referral”. Evaluation consists of a variety of means to gather information about how your child is developing and how your child learns and functions. The district will continue to implement intervention strategies while evaluation is pending. Continued interventions will not delay evaluation. To initiate evaluation parents should contact their child’s building principal.
Child Find and Special Education
The Anthony Wayne Local School District is dedicated to the development and implementation of an effective system for identifying and assuring that all eligible children attending school in the district are receiving the special education and/or related services that they require.
Child Find is the process through which Ohio’s school districts identify, locate and evaluate all children ages 3 through 21 with disabilities who have significant, individual needs and who may require regular or special education and related aides and services.
Children who are not identified as disabled but who are performing below grade-level standards should continue to receive targeted interventions, instruction and support if deemed appropriate by the educational team.
Child Find and Section 504
The Anthony Wayne Local School District is committed to identify and locate every qualified child with a disability residing in the District who is not receiving a public education, and notify the child and their parents or guardians of our duties and responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Achievement of this objective may include the following methods: posting child find notices in locations in and around the district and publishing news releases concerning child find under Section 504 at least annually.
Referrals for an evaluation under Section 504 may be made by anyone (e.g., parents, teachers, or other knowledgeable professionals) who has personal knowledge of a child’s needs and who suspects that the child is an individual with a disability due to a substantial limitation of a major life activity. All referrals should be made in writing, dated at the time the request is made, and include information that supports the reason for referral. Any questions or referrals should be directed to: Section 504 Compliance Officer, Superintendent’s Office, 9565 Bucher Road, P.O. Box 2487, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571. Telephone: 419-877-5377.
Gifted Services coordinates a variety of programs and supports to assist gifted students in the district. Anthony Wayne Local Schools provides a continuum of services to students ages 5 to 18 identified as gifted based on Ohio’s. Services are delivered according to Ohio’s Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who are Gifted.
For more information about the gifted program please click HERE.
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
Ohio Department of Education
State Support Team Region 1
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