Special Education

Child Find Public Notice

The SAU 61 school district seeks to locate and identify all children who may have an educational disability. Any person may refer for evaluation a child under the age of 21 for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Failing to pass a hearing or vision screening

2. Unsatisfactory performance on group achievement or accountability measures

3. Receiving multiple academic or behavioral warnings

4. Repeatedly failing one or more subjects

The child find requirements of the district also apply to highly mobile children, homeless children, children who are suspected of having an educational disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade. Child Find also includes those children in grades K-12 who attend approved, non-public private schools within the geographic boundaries of SAU 61, regardless of where the student resides.

Referrals may be initiated in a variety of ways. For children who have not yet entered kindergarten, please contact Lauryl Vachon at 755-2627. For children who attend the public schools of SAU 61, please contact building principals, assistant principals, special education department representatives or classroom teachers. Students who attend private schools outside the geographical boundaries of SAU 61 should contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for evaluation.


The district has a goal of providing a full educational opportunity to all children with disabilities and a detailed timetable for accomplishing that goal.

NDE document “Supporting Document to Checklist of Required Special Education Policies, Procedures and practices for Part B of the IDEA” shall serve as an administrative procedure to this policy. The entire document can be found at http://www.education.ne.gov/sped/regulations.html.

Colleen Sliva (603)755-2627
Director of Student Services

[email protected]

Farmington High School 755-2811

Henry Wilson Memorial School 755-2181

Valley View Community School 755-4757