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Special Education

Ongoing efforts are made by the Mathews Local School District to locate and evaluate children ages birth through 21 years of age, who reside within the district and have a confirmed or suspected disability in accordance with federal and state standards. Parents, relatives, agency personnel, and concerned citizens may refer any child (birth through 21) who may qualify for special education and related services. Anyone aware of a child who may have special needs living within the district is asked to call Special Education Services at 330-637-3500  ext. *3304.  Parents who suspect their preschool child may have a disability should contact the Trumbull County Educational Service Center at 330-505-2800.  Preschool evaluation and services are available beginning at age 3.

Federal legislation for the education of students with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. IDEIA ensures the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for every student who qualifies under the Federal Law and corresponding federal and state regulations.

Our goal is to work with parents/guardians to help ensure that every child experiences success. The District encourages parents to call the office of Special Education Services, at 330-637-3500  ext. *3304 if they suspect their child has a handicap that may interfere with their child's ability to progress in the general education environment. 

Special educational services are available to students with disabilities (SWD) from age 3 through 21 years of age. Mathews promotes inclusion practices whenever appropriate, and provides support to the general education teacher and/or the SWD participating in the general education setting. The District employs intervention specialists serving grades K-12 and contracts with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center for various related services in order to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.

A Guide to Parents Rights in Special Education