Child Find

Child Find


The Wakefield School District seeks to locate and identify all children who may have an educational disability between the ages of 2.5 and 22, residing in Wakefield. Any person may refer for evaluation of a child up to the age of 22 for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Failing to pass a hearing or vision screening
  • Unsatisfactory performance on group achievement or accountability measures
  • Receiving multiple academic and behavioral warnings or academic or behavior warnings or suspension or expulsion from a child care or after school program
  • Repeatedly failing one or more subject
  • Inability to progress or participate in developmentally appropriate preschool activities; and
  • Receiving service from family centered early support and services.

The Child Find requirements of the district also apply to highly mobile children, homeless children, and 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 Wakefield regardless of where they reside. 


Any student aged 2.5 to 22 years suspected of having a disability may be referred to the District by parents, District personnel, or any other concerned party. A child’s parents may also contact their child’s teacher(s) or other school professional to request an evaluation. Parents of students in grades K-12 who attend private schools outside the geographical boundaries of the Wakefield School District should contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for evaluation.

Sarah Howard
Director of Student Services


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