Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy (PDMSTA) has a child identification process that includes the location, identification, and evaluation of a child suspected of having a disability. Upon request, PDMSTA is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the school receives a referral, the school will appoint an Evaluation Planning team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services.
The school locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in PDMSTA. A school staff member who reasonably believes a child may be a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school in which the child is enrolled. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school in which the child is enrolled.
Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral can be made by contacting Mary Scott, Coordinator of Special Education, or Lynn Jackson, Special Education Teacher, at 803-428- 8400. It can also be made by writing to either of them at Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy, 101 Docs Drive, Bishopville, SC 29010.