• The intent of Child Find is that all children from birth through age 21 with delays or disabilities receive the support and services they need. About ten percent of the general population has some form of disability or disorder. AFUHSD is searching for any high school students who may have difficulties resulting from a disability and may need special education services in order to succeed in school. Please contact 623-932-7152 if you have any questions regarding your child.

    In addition, If your child is an elementary aged child, please contact the Avondale Elementary School District at 623-772-5000 or the Litchfield Elementary School District at 623-535-6000 for further information regarding the Child Find procedures in their district.

    Agua Fria District will identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities within its geographic boundaries who are in need of special education and related services including, but not limited to, children who are:
         Homeless;
         Highly mobile, including migrant children;
         Wards of the state; and,
         Attending private schools or who are homeschooled.

    In its identification process the District will include children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, ven though a student is:
         Advancing from grade to grade
         Highly mobile, including a migrant student. [34 C.F.R. 300.111]

    For a student transferring into a school, the Agua Fria District shall review enrollment data and educational performance in the prior school. If there is a history of special education for a student not currently eligible for special education or poor progress, the name of the student shall be submitted to the administrator for consideration of the need for a referral for a full and individual evaluation or other services. [A.A.C. R7-2-401.D]

    If a concern about a student is identified through screening procedures or review of records, the parents of the student shall be notified of the concern within ten (10) school days and informed of the District's procedures to follow-up on the student's needs. [A.A.C. R7-2-401.D]

    The Agua Fria District shall maintain documentation of the identification procedures utilized, the dates of entry into school, notification by parents of a concern and the dates of screening. The dates shall be maintained in the student's permanent records. [A.A.C. R7-2-401.D]

    If the screening indicates a possible disability, the name of the student shall be submitted to the administrator for consideration of the need for a referral or a full and individual evaluation or other services. A parent or a student may request an evaluation of the student. [A.A.C. R7-2-401.D]

    If, after consultation with the parent, the District determines that a full and individual evaluation is not warranted, the Agua Fria District shall provide prior written notice and procedural safeguards notice to the parent in a timely manner. [A.A.C. R7-2-401.D]


    Confidentiality

    The Agua Fria District will permit parents to inspect and review any education records relating to their children that are collected, maintained or used by the district under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The district will comply with a request without unnecessary delay and in no case more than forty-five (45) days after the request has been made, and before:
         Any individualized education program (IEP) meeting;
         Any hearing involving a due process complaint or disciplinary hearing;
         Any resolution session. [34 C.F.R. 300.613]

    The right to inspect and review education records includes:

    • The right to a response from the Agua Fria District to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records;
    • The right to request that the Agua Fria District provide copies of the records if failure to provide those copies would effectively prevent the parent from exercising the right to inspect and review the records; and
    • The right to have a representative of the parent inspect and review the records. [34 C.F.R. 300.613]

    The Agua Fria District may presume that the parent has authority to inspect and review records relating to his or her child unless the District has been advised to the contrary by legal proceeding involving guardianship, separation and divorce. [34 C.F.R. 300.613]

    The Agua Fria District will keep a record of parties obtaining access to education records collected, maintained or used under IDEA (except access by parents and authorized employees of the Agua Fria District ), including:
         The name of the party;
         The date access was given; and
         The purpose for which the party is authorized to use the records. [C.F.R 300.614]

    If any education record includes information on more than one (1) child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information relating to their child. [C.F.R 300.615]

    The Agua Fria District will provide parents on request a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained or used by the District. [C.F.R 00.616]

    The Agua Fria District may charge a fee for copies of records that are made for parents if the fee does not effectively prevent the parents from exercising their right to inspect and review records. [C.F.R 300.617]

    The Agua Fria District will not charge a fee to search for or to retrieve information. C.F.R 300.615]
    A parent who believes that information in the education records collected, maintained or used by the District is inaccurate or misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the child, may request the District to amend the information. [C.F.R 300.618]

    The Agua Fria District will decide whether to amend the information in accordance with the request in a reasonable period of time of receipt of the request. [C.F.R 300.618]

    If the District refuses to amend the information in accordance with the request, it will inform the parent of the refusal and advise the parent of the right to a hearing under C.F.R 300.619. [C.F.R 300.618]

    The Agua Fria District will, on request, provide an opportunity for a hearing to challenge information in education records to ensure that it is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the child. [C.F.R 300.618]
    If, as a result of a hearing, the District decides to amend information determined inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the child, it will do so accordingly and so inform the parent in writing. [C.F.R 300.618]

    If, as a result of a hearing, the District decides that the information is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the child, the District will inform the parent of the parent's right to lace in the maintained records a statement commenting on the information or setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the District's decision. [C.F.R 300.618]
    Parental consent will be obtained before personally identifiable information is disclosed to parties other than participating agencies, unless the information is contained in education records and the disclosure is authorized without parent consent under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). [C.F.R 300.622]

    Parental consent will be obtained before personally identifiable information is released to officials of participating agencies providing or paying for transition services in accordance with §300.321. [C.F.R 300.622]
    If a child is enrolled, or is going to enroll in a private school that is not located in the boundaries of the district of the parent's residence, parental consent will be obtained before any personally identifiable information about the child is released between officials in the district where the private school is located and officials in the district of the parent's residence. [C.F.R 300.622]

    The District will protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages. [C.F.R 00.623]

    One (1) official at the District will assume responsibility for ensuring the confidentiality of any personally identifiable information.
    All persons collecting or using personally identifiable information will receive training or instruction regarding the State's policies and procedures under 300.123 and FERPA (34 C.F.R. part 99). [C.F.R 300.623]

    The District will maintain, for public inspection, a current listing of the names and positions of its employees who may have access to personally identifiable information. [C.F.R 300.623]
    The District will inform parents when personally identifiable information collected, maintained, or used for IDEA purposes is no longer needed to provide educational services to the child. [C.F.R 300.624]

    The information will be destroyed at the request of the parents. However, a permanent record of a student's name, address, and phone number, his or er grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed may be maintained without time limitation. [C.F.R 300.624]

    The rights of the parents regarding educational records are transferred to he student at age eighteen (18) under FERPA. [C.F.R 300.625]
    If the rights of the parents regarding educational records are transferred to the student at age eighteen (18) under the IDEA, the District will provide any notice required under the procedural safeguards provisions. [C.F.R 300.625]

    Children ages birth to 2 years 10 1/2 months are screened through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) to determine if early intervention services are needed. Early intervention brings professionals, working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, together to support infants’ or toddlers’ growth, development, and learning. If you have questions about your child’s development, an AzEIP specialist will talk with you about your concerns and observe your child. If your child is found eligible, a plan will be designed to include strategies, activities, and supports to achieve desired outcomes related to your child’s needs. Make an online referral at www.azdes.gov/azeip. For more information, call (602)532-9960.  

    Parent Resource

    https://www.azed.gov/sites/default/files/2022/09/AZ%20FIND%20Brochure%20English%20%28digital%29.pdf
     

Arizona Department of Education

  • The intent of Child Find is that all children from birth through age 21 with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need.

    Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for "finding" eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.


    Contact Information:

    Parent Information Network
    Exceptional Student Services
    Arizona Department of Education
    1-800-352-4558
    www.ade.az.gov/ess/

  • Children ages birth to 2 years 10 1/2 months are screened through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) to determine if early intervention services are needed. Early intervention brings professionals, working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, together to support infants’ or toddlers’ growth, development, and learning. If you have questions about your child’s development, an AzEIP specialist will talk with you about your concerns and observe your child. If your child is found eligible, a plan will be designed to include strategies, activities, and supports to achieve desired outcomes related to your child’s needs. Make an online referral at www.azdes.gov/azeip. For more information, call (602)532-9960.  

    Parent Resource

    https://www.azed.gov/sites/default/files/2022/09/AZ%20FIND%20Brochure%20English%20%28digital%29.pdf