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Sunbury OH 43074
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Students With Special Needs

The Big Walnut Local Schools provides a continuum of special education services and supports 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.

For student's to be eligible for special education services, they must meet the following criteria;

  • Student ages 3 through 21 who meet the definition of a child with a disability.
  • The disability must adversely impact the child’s ability to learn
  • Adverse educational impact is not limited to academic performance. 

Eligibility is a team decision based on a child's individual needs. 

If you suspect your child has a disability or if you feel they need additional services or interventions, please follow these steps;

  1. For preschool age students, contact Heidi Koon – 740-965-7846
  2. For school-aged students, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher for the intent of discussing special education services.


Who may receive special education services?

  • Preschool children (ages 3-5) who have been identified as having moderate to severe developmental delays in the areas of communication, motor, adaptive behavior, social-emotional, vision, hearing, or cognitive skills.
  • School-age children (6-21) who have been identified as having one of the following disability conditions:
    • Autism
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Deafness
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Intellectual Disability (Cognitive Disability)
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech or Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment


Where are special education services provided?

The special education services for each student with a disability are written into the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Services may be provided in a variety of settings with the goal being to educate each student in the Least Restrictive Environment.  This means that children are educated in the regular educational environment to the maximum extent possible.

  • General Education Class -Collaboration/Consultation Services
  • General Education Class - Co-teaching (General Education Teacher and Intervention Specialist both provide instruction)
  • Specialized Learning Center
  • Alternative Educational Placement (Separate Facility)
  • Homebound Instruction
  • Hospital


What related services are provided to students with disabilities?

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 the 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