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Accessing Special Education Services

Intervention and Referrals

Providing effective educational services to students is the result of a process of identification, intervention, referral, evaluation, instructional planning, and placement.  Here are some key steps to the process:

Response to Intervention (RTI): 

Each Bellevue Public School building has a RTI process, which is managed by a collaborative team to support the success of ALL students. One of the main purposes of RTI is to identify, implement, and monitor interventions in general education classrooms to reduce student struggle and support students’ access to and success in general education curriculum and activities and their achievement of district standards. For many students who struggle, the best first step is a referral to the RTI Team and a consistent implementation of interventions. The only exception to this process is when a student has a visible and/or readily identifiable disability and is in need of specially designed instruction and services. The intent of this pre-referral process is to prevent the inappropriate referral of students to special education services and the implementation of effective strategies, including social and emotional supports, school-wide.

Description of Services Your Child May Qualify for:

Specialized Academic Instruction                                    Speech and Language

Physical Therapy                                                             Occupational Therapy           

Vision                                                                               Deaf/Hard of Hearing             

Assistive Technology                                                       School Psychologist 

Early Childhood                                                               Transition (for students 18-21 years of age)



My child is . . . 

Age Birth - 4 Years Old:  To make a referral, contact our Early Childhood office at 402-293-4941

A School age student: If you have a child already in a Bellevue Public School who may be in need of special education services, contact your school's building principal to make a referral.  

A Transfer student: If your student is transferring into the Bellevue Public Schools and has received Special Education services from another district, report this information to the staff at the time of enrollment.  If your Preschool student is transferring into the District and she/he has received services in another district, please call 402-293-4000.

A Student in private school: If a student attends a private school and/or resides in the Bellevue Public School District, he or she may be referred for a possible evaluation and, if eligible, may receive special education services at a public school site. If you suspect a private school student is in need of special education services work with your private school's principal to initiate the referral process or call 402-293-4000.

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