Before a child is considered for a referral to special education services, other procedures and programs must have been attempted with that child and where appropriate, put into place in the classroom. School districts have teams in individual schools that offer different programs for a child’s teacher to use in the classroom. These teams are sometimes called child study teams, or student assistance teams. A parent or caregiver may ask for help from their child’s school team. If a child still has trouble, a parent or caregiver should complete a referral to special education.
A referral is required for any child who has been suspended repeatedly or whose behavior, attendance or progress in school is considered unsatisfactory. Please also see information about the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative which is a program available at no cost to Connecticut schools to help meet the needs of students who are at-risk of arrest, expulsion and/or suspension.