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Special Education

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Melissa Buckalew, Director of Special Education

(513) 899-2264 ext. 50109
[email protected]


The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Little Miami Local Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.

Child Find

Little Miami Local Schools is in the process of locating, identifying, and evaluating all children with disabilities, birth through age 21 years who may require special education and related services. For preschoolers and school age children, students must meet the criteria listed in one of the state defined categories. These categories include: autism, blind and visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, deafblind, emotional disturbances, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, twice exceptional students and traumatic brain injury. For preschool the additional category of developmental delay exists.

If you know a child who may have a disability, please contact: John Bailey, Interim Director of Special Education at 899-2264, ext. 50109, for school age students and Erin Losey, Preschool Director at 899-2264, ext. 45103, for preschool students ages 3-5.

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Little Miami Local Schools operates under a Response to Intervention Model. This means that when a team member or parent has a concern, the team will collaborate to place interventions in place to promote success. These strategies will be monitored through data collection. The student's skills will be monitored to determine whether to continue with the current strategies, or to replace them with additional strategies.

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Notice of Public Participation

Little Miami School District gives notice that it receives funding through a federal IDEA-B grant to supplement its Special Education program. Anyone having questions or input regarding the grant may call Little Miami Central Office at 513-899-2264.