Open vision bar

General Information

Exceptional Children's Services Last Updated: 5/28/2018 3:37 PM

Berea Independent School provides a Free and Appropriate Public Education to all children with a disability which impacts the child's education.  The following are the categories of educational disabilities included under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA):   


Developmental Delay    
Speech/Language Impairment
Other Health Impairment  
Emotional/Behavioral Disability
Specific Learning Disability  
Mild Mental Disability
Functional Mental Disability  
Vision Impairment
Hearing Impairment  
Multiple Disability  
Traumatic Brain Injury
Orthopedic Impairment


Any child determined eligible for specially designed instruction has an Individual Education Plan which is developed by the Admissions and Release Committee.  This committee is made up of the child's parent, an administrator, a general education teacher, a special education teacher and related service providers as needed. 

The Berea Independent School District has an ongoing "Child Find" system, which is designed to locate, identify and evaluate any child residing in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, age three (3) to twenty-one (21) years, who may have a disability and be in need of Special Education.  This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private, or home school; those who are highly mobile such as children who are migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need but are not receiving Special Education. 

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the Berea Independent School District find any child who may have a disability and need Special Education services.  The District needs to know the name and age or date of birth of the child; the name, address, and phone number(s) of the parents or guardian; the possible disability; and other information to determine if Special Education or 504 services are needed.

The quality of the special education program is monitored through a process called Kentucky Continual Monitoring Process.  We are collecting data for that process at the present time.  Any parent is encouraged to provide input or to participate in the process.  We particularly encourage parents of children with a disability to participate.  To find out more about this process, please call Jennifer Whitt at 859-986-3249.  You may also e-mail Jennifer Whitt at