SAU 41 aims to ID disabled children

School Administrative Unit 41, which consists of the Hollis, Brookline and Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Districts, seeks to locate and identify all children who may have an educational disability.

Any person may refer for evaluation of a child younger than age 21 for reasons including, but not limited to, the following: failing to pass a hearing or vision screening; unsatisfactory performance on group achievement or accountability measures; receiving multiple academic or behavioral warnings; and repeatedly failing one or more subjects.

The child find requirements of the district also apply to highly mobile children, homeless children and children who are suspected of having an educational disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

Child find also includes those children in grades K-12 who attend approved, non-public private schools within the geographic boundaries of Hollis and Brookline regardless of where they reside.

Referrals may be initiated in a variety of ways.

For children who attend the Hollis, Brookline and Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District public schools, building principals, special education coordinators, or classroom teachers may be contacted by anyone wishing to initiate a referral. 

For children who attend the Hollis Montessori School or those children who have not yet entered kindergarten, contact Jeanne Saunders, director of special education, at 465-7118, ext. 1, to initiate a referral.

Parents of students in grades K-12 who attend private schools outside the geographical boundaries of Hollis or Brookline should contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for evaluation.