A referral for a student that may be in need of special education can be made in writing to the building principal, a special education administrator, and/or the superintendent. Parent/guardians, students (self-initiated), classroom teachers, other district personnel, other public or private schools/agencies or individuals with the parent/guardian's consent may make the referral to school administration. If the referral is verbally made by the parent, it must be documented by the administrator. In the case of pre-kindergarten age students, referrals can be made by calling (605) 367-8488, Early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Center, and making an appointment.

The Special Services Department will respond by completing an informed review of information about the student and by providing written notice of the action intended. Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations are provided by the District with qualified evaluators at no cost to the parent/guardian to determine if the student is eligible for special education and/or related services as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and South Dakota Administrative Rules.