Annual Notice of Child Find
Upon request, South Carolina Connections Academy is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the school receives a referral, the school will appoint an Evaluation Planning team to determine if the child has a disability and if the child needs special education services. The school locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in South Carolina Connections Academy.
A school staff member who reasonably believes a student may be a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including one who is homeless, to the school district in which the child is enrolled. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a student with a disability may also refer the child, including one who is homeless, to the school or district in which the child is enrolled. Referrals must be in writing and must include the reason why the person believes the student is a child with a disability.
A referral may be made by contacting Courtney Boyd, Director of Special Services, South Carolina Connections Academy, by phone at 910-557-6379, or by writing to her at the following address: South Carolina Connections Academy, 201 Executive Center Drive, Suite 250, Columbia, SC 29210.
Right to Know Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals
SCCA complies with all applicable sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. A portion of this law provides parents and caretakers with the right to request information about their student's teacher or teachers. Parents and caretakers may request whether a student's teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction, is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived, and is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. Parents and caretakers may also request whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. SCCA ensures that all of its teachers hold valid and current teaching certificates issued by the state of South Carolina and teach in the field of discipline for which they are certified. Parents and caretakers who have additional questions or concerns about this item, may reach out to Josh Kitchens at 803-569-1302 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or issues regarding medical homebound, parents may contact Courtney Boyd by phone or email.
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