Child Find

Fayette Local School district is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages birth through 21, who reside within the district. Special education services are available for any child identified with a disability, ages 3 through 21. If you have a child you may suspect has a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, contact Ms. Olivia Selgo at 419-237-2776 (Ext. 1010) or oselgo@fayettesch.org

Special Education

Students must meet three criteria to receive special education services (eligibility is determined in a team meeting led by the school psychologist and the evaluation report):

  1. The determining factor for the child's poor performance is not due to a lack of appropriate instruction in reading or math or the child's limited English proficiency. For the preschool-age child, the determining factor for the child's poor performance is not due to a lack of preschool pre-academics

  2. The child meets the state criteria for having a disability (or continuing to have a disability) based on the data provided in the evaluation report conducted by the school psychologist. Ohio's disabilities under IDEA are: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.

  3. The child demonstrates an educational need that requires specially designed instruction.


If a student qualifies for special education services an individual education program (IEP) will be drafted by an intervention specialist and again a team will meet, to determine placement and services on the IEP. The IEP will be reviewed and updated annually.

Section 504

Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that protects the rights of children with qualifying disabilities. This federal law requires public schools to make programs and activities accessible to all persons with disabilities. A free and appropriate education is to be provided for students who qualify and prohibits discrimination based on disability. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.

Gifted Education

Fayette students are screened for gifted identification. There are two tests students participate in. The first test is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which is a multiple choice test used to measure cognitive development among children. The second test is the IOWA test of academic ability. The IOWA tests are nationally-normed standardized tests that evaluate how students are progressing in key academic areas.


Students identified as gifted and talented may receive services through any one of several delivery methods; within the general education classroom through differentiated instruction, through grade level or subject level acceleration, or through advanced placement. Each student that is identified will have a written education plan (WEP) and/or a written acceleration plan (WAP) use to outline how a student’s individual needs will be met.

Additional resources on gifted education can be found at the Ohio Department of Education.

English Learners

During the registration process families are required to complete the Home Language Survey. A student whose home language is not English will begin working with our TESOL teacher to identify a student and family's needs.

The student will need to participate in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS), the state's diagnostic tool for English proficiency levels, to determine if the student is eligible for EL services. If the student qualifies for services a plan will be created by the TESOL teacher and shared with parents and the student's classroom teachers.


The student’s progress will be assessed using Ohio’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA), given annually. The results of the OELPA test will be mailed to students’ homes, and a copy will be placed in each student’s school file. If the student receives a 5, the student may be released from the EL Program.

For additional questions, please contact Lisa Hintz at lhintz@fayettesch.org.

Title I

Title 1 is a federally funded educational program that provides extra support to students in Reading and/or math beyond the regular classroom. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on academic achievement standards.

Each school district receives money from the state based on the number of low-income students enrolled. Students are eligible to receive Title I services based on multiple criteria that is developmentally appropriate for each grade level. Students receive Title I services during school hours in a small group setting.