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Students With Special Needs

The Big Walnut Local Schools provides a continuum of special education services and support to children ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education services are provided in accordance with Ohio's Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.


Eligibility for special education services is a team decision based on a child's individual needs. The district follows a Response to Intervention (RTI) process which focuses on providing high-quality interventions while carefully monitoring student progress. If your child is not making progress through RTI, you will be notified by the educational team. Additionally, if you suspect your child has a disability or if you feel s/he needs additional services or interventions, please follow these steps: 
  • For preschool-age students, contact Heidi Koon at 740.965.7846
  • For school-aged students, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher for the intent of discussing intervention needs.


Based on the child's needs, the following support services can be provided:
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Aide Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Counseling/Mental Health Services
  • Guide Services
  • Interpreter Services
  • Medical/Nursing Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Transition Services
  • Transportation


Public schools are required by Federal and State law to evaluate any child from ages birth through 21 suspected to have a disability. Special education services are available through public schools for children ages 3 through 21 identified with a disability. If you have a child or know of a child you suspect may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact Heidi Koon at 740.965.7846


Special education procedural safeguards notice, A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education, is available for district and parent use. For the form in additional languages visit
In compliance with the procedural requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, hereinafter Section 504, the following Notice of Parent/Student Rights in Identification, Evaluation, and Placement shall be utilized in the Big Walnut Local School District.
Scholarship programs for students with disabilities and required notice of eye exam and transition services.
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