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Special Education Services

Special Education Services:

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  Crestview Local Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.


For more information on the Policies and Procedures related to special education, please visit the following site:


Child Find


The Crestview Local School’s adopted Child Find Policy requires that all children below twenty-two (22) years of age residing within the district, who have a disability (regardless of the severity of the disability), and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state standards.


ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES: Children must meet two criteria in order to receive special education:

1. The child must meet Ohio’s qualifications for one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in the IDEA:

Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment

2. The student's disability must have an adverse effect on his/her academic performance to such a degree that special education and related services must be considered in order for the student to be successful in school.

*Not all children who have a disability require special education and related services. Many are able to participate in their classrooms with few or minor program modifications.

*It is important to note that RTI, within a three-tier intervention model, is also a part of special education eligibility decision-making as required by 34 CFR 300.309.


If you are aware of a child who you think may have a disability, please contact Keith Rydell, Program Services Director at 419-749-9100 ext. 1026.


Each time a student with a disability is evaluated or the district develops, reviews, or revises the child’s IEP, the district will notify the parent, by letter or electronic means, about both the Autism Scholarship program and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship (JPS). If you wish to inquire about these programs, visit the links below.

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program

The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence. The amount of each scholarship will be based on the disability identified on the student’s IEP and will not exceed $20,000.

Click here for details on the Jon Peterson Scholarship Program


Click here for the Ohio Department of Education website with links and documents that provide more information on autism identification, treatment and support.

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