Special Education and Section 504
Students may be identified handicapped and eligible for special education services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. A student identified as handicapped under Section 504 may qualify for services if he or she has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits learning. Thus, depending upon the severity of the handicap, a student may or may not qualify for services. If you feel your child may be handicapped under Section 504, please contact the building principal.
Worthington Schools is responsible for locating any child birth to 21 with a suspected disability who resides within the Worthington School District. The school district provides special education services to any child who qualifies as disabled according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ages 3 through 21 years of age. Suspected disabilities include: multiple disabilities, deaf-blind, hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech/language disability, orthopedic impairment emotional disturbance, mental retardation, specific learning disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment and developmental delay (preschool only). If you know of a child who is suspected to have a disability, please call the Director of Special Education at 450-6020 or contact your building principal for more information.
Worthington Schools has a parent mentor to assist parents of students who are referred for a special education evaluation or who are eligible for special education services. The Parent Mentor can support parents as they move through the processes associated with special education or can serve as a resource for information related to special education. If you would like more information regarding the services of the parent mentor, please call the parent mentor at 450-6020.