Student Services

Student Services

Special Services

STUDENT SERVICES - OFFICE STAFF:

Ryan Spicer, Director of Student Services

ext. 50147

Elizabeth Wengerd, Secretary

ext. 50133

Rebecca Moore, Parent Involvement Coordinator & Coordinator of Special Services

ext. 50150

Section 504 Evaluations and Plans

Section 504 is a federal law of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in any program receiving federal assistance. The district has specific responsibilities under this act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child has a current disability and is termed to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational programs. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who has a "mental or physical impairment which substantially limits a "...major life function." A major life function includes activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.

Guidance and Resources from Ohio Department of Education

Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA : http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA): http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Whose-IDEA-Is-This-A-Parent-s-Guide-to-the-Individ

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Massillon City School District and the Ohio Department of Education are trying to identify children with disabilities, birth through age 21, who may be in need of special education services. For children birth to age 3, a disability means an established condition known to result in a delay or a documented developmental delay. For children 3-5 years of age, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas:

  • communication

  • vision

  • hearing

  • motor skills

  • social/emotional functioning

  • self-help, and/or

  • cognitive skills

For school-age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following disabilities that adversely affects his/her progress in the general education curriculum:

  • multiple disabilities

  • deaf-blindness

  • visual impairments

  • speech/language impairments

  • orthopedic impairments

  • emotional disturbances

  • cognitive disabilities

  • specific learning disability

  • autism

  • traumatic brain injury

  • other health impairments

The Massillon City School District offers evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities free of charge. Once the school district is notified about a child who is suspected of having a disability, the child’s parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights as required by the Individuals Education Improvement Act (IDEA Act) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools serving Children with Disabilities.

If you know of a child who is suspected of having a disability, contact Ryan Spicer, Director, Student Services, at 330-830-3900 Ext. 50147, or via email at rspicer@massillonschools.org
 
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