Special Education Services for Students with Disabilities

Our School District is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools within our district, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. The School District has a special education screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district or attend a private school within our district and who have not graduated from high school.

Upon request the School District will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting:

Ann Locke, Coordinator of Special Education
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
1205 South 70th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 604-3016

Annually the district conducts developmental screenings of preschool children. Each child’s motor communication, and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured and the child’s vision and hearing is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow-up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families.

The information from the screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a School District Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be part of the kindergarten screening this spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.