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BCPS changing pick-up, drop-off procedures
To improve student safety and parent experience, the pick-up and drop-off procedures at Ballard County Preschool - Head Start are changing this year when BCPS opens on Aug. 27. All regular-day drop-offs will take place behind the preschool, as well as the morning and noontime pick-ups. The ONLY pick-up that still will be in front of the building is the 3:30 p.m. pick-up. Please read the rest of this story very carefully, and contact us at 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, if you have any questions. We want this transition to be as smooth and easy as possible for our students and parents.  
Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator
Ballard County Schools has named Terri Wehmeyer its successful candidate for district director of special education and Ballard County Preschool coordinator, effective July 1.

She had been director of special education and preschool at Crittenden County for the last year, and dean of students at the Grand Chain Learning Center/JAMP for the year before that. Wehmeyer also taught at Lone Oak High School for six years, and spent four years as a special education teacher at Paducah Middle School. She has been employed in the educational setting since 1999.  

2018-19 BCPS-Head Start registration dates set in March
Ballard County Preschool/Head Start will hold spring registration for new students on March 2 and March 9 for children who are or will be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2018.

All registrations are by appointment only, and will be held in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 421 Broadway, LaCenter. Appointments may be made from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parents/Guardians are asked to please call 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, to schedule an appointment; children will be given their developmental screenings while adults are completing the registration packet.  

Breakfast, lunch at all schools again free under CEP program
For the third year, students at all Ballard County schools will be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free. Morning and midday meals for all Ballard County Schools students again will be free in 2016-17, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, according to Ballard Food Service Director Amber Hayes.  
BCPS holds Sports Night parent meeting and activity BCPS holds Sports Night parent meeting and activity
Ballard County Preschool and Head Start recently held a Parent Meeting and Activity at the school at 455 Olive St. in LaCenter. The event and meal were sponsored by Justin Puckett and Kentucky Farm Bureau in LaCenter, and two bicycles were given away as door prizes. After the meal, families participated in Sports Night with organizer Stacy Puckett. Children were encouraged to participate in 10 separate activities: bowling, basketball, soccer, bike ride, kickball maize, ball pit, cornhole, football, hula hoop and ring toss. After each activity was completed, they were given a sticker to cover that activity on their Sports Night Bingo Board. Completing all 10 activities meant they were entered to win one of the bikes. Bike winners were Brantley Kelley and McKinsey Cooper.  
'The Polar Express' visits BCPS 'The Polar Express' visits BCPS
Ballard County Preschool and Head Start went all-out on Dec. 16 for a day themed around Chris Van Allsburg’s Christmas classic, “The Polar Express.” Students arrived in their pajamas, and were treated to hot cocoa and other ideas and themes found in the book.  
Ballard County Preschool/Head has special visitors Ballard County Preschool/Head has special visitors
Ballard County Preschool/Head Start had two special visitors who helped celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.  
New minimum age requirement for preschool takes effect this fall
As a result of Kentucky House Bill 235, changes were made in the Kentucky State-Funded Preschool Program. A new minimum age requirement for state-funded preschool students will take effect this fall, moving from Oct. 1 to Aug. 1.  
Reminder issued for sixth-grade, other immunizations; school nurses can help
All students entering sixth grade at Ballard County Middle School in the fall are required to have a physical and several immunizations (TDaP, meningitis and second varicella-chickenpox). The school nurse can provide both the physical and these shots if a student has Medicaid or no insurance.  
Family Focus partners with Extension Service, Four Rivers, to bring Curious George to preschool Family Focus partners with Extension Service, Four Rivers, to bring Curious George to preschool
Ballard County’s Family Focus Family Resource and Youth Service Center worked with the Ballard County UK Extension Service office and Four Rivers CECC to bring Curious George (and some other fun stuff) to students at Ballard County Preschool and Head Start. 
Upcoming Events
Child Find notice
The Ballard County School District keeps educational records in a secure location in each school and Board office.

The Ballard County School District obtains written consent from a parent or eligible student (age 18 or who is attending a postsecondary institution), before disclosing personally identifiable information to an entity or individual not authorized to receive it under FERPA.

For students who have been determined eligible for Special Education, educational records will be destroyed at the request of the parents when they are no longer needed to provide educational programs or services. The Ballard County School District may destroy the educational records of a child without parent request three (3) years after they are no longer needed to provide educational programs or services. Parents are advised that data contained in the records may later be needed for Social Security benefits or other purposes. The Ballard County School District may retain, for an indefinite period of time, a record of the student’s name, address, telephone number, grades, attendance records, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed.

Children eligible for Special Education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional-behavior disability, hearing impairment, mental disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment and who because of such an impairment need Special Education services.

Children eligible for 504 services include those children in a public elementary and secondary education program who have a current physical or mental impairment that currently substantially limits some major life activity which causes the student’s ability to access the school environment or school activities to be substantially limited.

Children eligible for the State-Funded Preschool program include three- and four-year-old children identified with disabilities and four-year-old children who are at-risk, as defined by federal poverty levels up to 160%. Preschool children eligible for special education must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) instead of a 504 plan to receive State-Funded Preschool program services.

The Ballard County 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 or 504 services. 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 or 504 services.

The district’s Child Find system includes children with disabilities attending private or home schools within the school district boundaries that may need special education services.

The Ballard County School District will make sure any child enrolled in its district who qualifies for Special Education or 504 services, regardless of how severe the disability, is provided appropriate Special Education or 504 services at no cost to the parents of the child.

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the Ballard County School District find any child who may have a disability and need Special Education or 504 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.

Letters and phone calls are some of the ways the Ballard County School District collects the information needed. The information the school District collects will be used to contact the parents of the child and find out if the child needs to be evaluated or referred for Special Education or 504 services.

If you know of a child who lives within the boundaries of the Ballard County School District, who may have a disability, and may need but is not receiving Special Education or 504 services, please call or send the information to:

Terri Wehmeyer, Director of Special Education/Section 504 Coordinator, Ballard County Schools; 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; phone 270-665-8400, ext. 2101.

If you know of a child who attends a private or home school within the boundaries of the Ballard County School District, who may have a disability, and may need but is not receiving Special Education services, please call or send the information to:

Director of Special Education, Ballard County Schools; 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; phone 270-665-8400, ext. 2101.

Child Find activities will continue throughout the school year. As part of these efforts the Ballard County School District will use screening information, student records, and basic assessment information it collects on all children in the District to help locate those children who have a disability and need Special Education or 504 services. Any information the District collects through Child Find is maintained confidentially.

Written Policies and Procedures have been developed which describe the District’s requirements regarding the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and Child Find activities. There are copies in the Principal’s office of each school, and in the Board of Education office. Copies of these Policies and Procedures may be obtained by contacting:

Bob Wilson, Director of Pupil Personnel, Ballard County Schools; 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; phone 270-665-8400, ext. 2014.

The District office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ballard County School District provides a public notice in the native language or other mode of communication of the various populations in the geographical boundaries of the District to the extent feasible.

If you know of someone who may need this notice translated to another language, given orally, or delivered in some other manner or mode of communication, please contact the Director of Pupil Personnel, the Director of Special Education or the Section 504 Coordinator at the address or phone number listed above.

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