Child Find Statement – Haverhill Public Schools
The Haverhill Public Schools recognizes its responsibility to provide a free and appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities living or attending school within the geographical boundaries of Haverhill. The District’s "child find process" is designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities residing or attending public or private school within the geographical boundaries of Haverhill, preschool through grade 12 or through age 22 if they have not received a high school diploma.
If you know a child who lives in or attends public or private school within the boundaries of the Haverhill Public Schools who may be in the need of special education and/or related services, please contact the District’s Special Education Office for further information regarding the referral and evaluation process. This specifically includes students who reside in Haverhill, children who reside in Haverhill and attend a private school in Haverhill at private expense, children who reside outside of Haverhill and attend a private school in Haverhill at private expense, and home-schooled students residing in Haverhill. If the student is a school-aged student who lives in Haverhill but attends a non-public private school that is not located within Haverhill’s geographical boundaries, the student may need to be referred to the school district in which the non-public school is located in order to receive services during the regular school year. Please contact that school district for more information regarding time deadlines for requests for services.
The child find process of the Haverhill Public Schools extends to students with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity. Such students may be eligible for services or accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities and applies to programs receiving federal financial assistance. Please contact your child’s school’s principal for more information regarding Section 504 eligibility and services.