What We Do
Rapid City Area Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to 21 with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all children have a disability that hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.​

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CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT?

If your child is a preschooler…

If your child is a preschooler and you have concerns about your child’s development, Rapid City Area Schools offers a developmental screening. This screening is for preschool children ages 3-4. If your child turns 5 after September 1, he/she is considered to be a preschooler.  If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, he/she is Kindergarten eligible, by state law, and is not considered to be a preschooler. This screening will provide information to parents in several school-related development areas. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE service. Vision, hearing and motor coordination screening is provided, as well as information on how well your child is doing with language, learning and behavior skills. ChildFind screenings are held monthly during the academic year, and takes about an hour. Screenings by appointment only. Call the Office of the Special Services Manager 605-394-1813, for more details.

Kindergarten screening has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you plan to send your child to Kindergarten, please contact your home school and start the registration process. 

South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center

If your child is in school…

If your child is in school or of school age, and you believe a disability may impair his or her educational performance, you will be provided further information so you can decide whether to formally refer your child for a special education evaluation. It doesn’t matter if your child attends a public school or a private school as long as it is in the Rapid City Area Schools attendance area.  Call The Office of Special Services 605-394-4035, for more details.

Annual Parent Notification

Rapid City Area Schools is required by law to annually notify parents of students with disabilities currently in attendance of their rights under IDEA, ARSD and FERPA guidelines. This notification is done at the annual IEP meeting. The parent or eligible student has a right to 1) inspect and review the student’s educational records, 2) request the amendment of student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the students privacy or other rights, 3) consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the Act and ARSD regulations authorize disclosure without content, 4)  file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint and 5) obtain a copy of the district policy. The public may inspect documents relating to the policy, funding application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds acquired from IDEA, Part B. These documents are available at the Rapid City Education Center, Office of Special Services, 625 9th Street, Suite 717, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the regularly scheduled school day.

If you have questions concerning the content of this statement, please call The Office of Special Services 605-394-4035, for more details.