Child Find Notice

Comstock Public Schools, in collaboration with KRESA,  provides a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities birth to age 26 at no cost.

We work closely with medical, educational, and other community agencies to locate individuals with unmet educational or developmental needs.

All Public schools have an obligation to find children/young adults who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education and related services. This process is known as "Child Find."

If a disability is suspected, contact the following based on the child/young adult’s age:

  • Birth-3: Contact Early On at (269) 250-9649
  • Ages 3-5: Contact PET at (269) 250-9670
  • Ages 5-17: Contact the classroom teacher and/or building administrator
  • Ages 18+: Contact your teacher or instructor

Questions about special education, how to obtain services, or what to do if a disability is suspected may also be directed to:

Katelan Burnett, Acting Director of Special Education
Phone: 269-250-8543
[email protected]

Updated: October 27, 2023

Comstock Public Schools Child Study Process

Students may be referred to Child Study if they are not making academic or behavioral progress for an extended period of time and multiple interventions have been attempted, modified, and reviewed. There is a slightly different path to Child Study depending on the reason for the referral. The processes are outlined below:

Students are benchmark tested and progress monitored on a regular basis for those students whose scores indicate a need for it. During PLC’s, data is reviewed and interventions are modified to meet students’ academic needs on a weekly basis.

1) Identify - The grade-level PLC team will identify students whose scores have flat-lined.

2) Create Interventions - The team, including the parent(s) will create interventions that will last approximately six weeks.

3) Track Data - The team will meet weekly to review progress related to the specific intervention. If an intervention is successful and the student is making gains, there is no additional action required except to continue monitoring data at weekly PLC’s.

4) Review Data - After six weeks, the team will decide if the student should continue with the current intervention or start a new intervention. If three separate academic interventions have been attempted with little or no gains made, the student may be referred to Child Study to discuss next steps (outside resources, possibile testing, 504 Plan, etc.)

Most Child Study referrals are related to academic concerns. However, there are times when students might be referred for behavior concerns. Below you will find some clarification about the Child Study process related to student "behavior." 

1) Identify - If you have a student struggling with behavior, they should first be referred to the behavior team using the referral on the Hub.

2) Create Interventions - The team, including the parent(s) will work to create an appropriate intervention.

3) Track Data - The behavior team and teacher will work together to track data related to the intervention.

4) Review Data - If the intervention is unsuccessful, the team will create additional interventions to address the target behaviors.

5) Team Meeting - Once three separate interventions have been attempted, the behavior team, teacher, and administrative team will meet to review data and create an action plan for the student. At this meeting we will decide if the student should be referred to Child Study or find alternative resources to meet the student's needs. This could include: outside resources, possibile testing, 504 Plan, etc.

6) Refer - Administration may refer a student to Child Study for behavioral concerns.