As a charter school, Midlands Arts Conservatory adheres to same health, safety, civil rights, and disability rights as are applied to public schools in the local school district. Questions regarding these rights including medical homebound may be addressed to the Head of School at 803 630 6122.
Upon request, the South Carolina Public Charter School District is required to evaluate the child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Evaluation Planning team to determine if the child is suspected of having a disability, and if the child may need special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents\guardians in schools within the school district.
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 district in which the child is in 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 or district 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 may be made by contacting the Midlands Arts Consortium (MAC) Head of School or the Special Education Coordinator of MAC, at 803-630-1622 or in writing to MAC at 3806 Main St. Columbia, SC, 29203.
Our Child Find Notice can be found on the school’s website at midlandsartsconsortium.org and at least annually in the school’s newsletter.