Admission Criteria and Process

Who is eligible to attend OSD?

Any child who is eligible for special education in Oregon because of a hearing impairment (see Oregon Administrative Rule 581-015-0051 for specific criteria) is potentially eligible to receive services at OSD. It is a common misunderstanding that a child must be profoundly deaf in order to attend OSD. OSD has many students who are hard of hearing.

What ages of children does OSD serve?

OSD serves children kindergarten through age 21. The elementary department is kindergarten through 4th grade. The middle school is 5th through 8th grade. The high school is 9th through 12th grade. The Extended Studies Program serves students who have graduated from high school with a modified diploma and who still have needs in the transition and independent living areas, as identified by their IEP team.

What is the cost for a child to attend OSD?

OSD is one of the free public school placement options for children with hearing impairments in Oregon. There is no cost to families for a child to attend.

What if a child lives too far to attend school on a daily basis?

OSD has residence halls that are staffed by qualified, caring, highly skilled adults. Residential students come to OSD Sunday evenings and return home after school Friday afternoon.

Is there a cost if the child stays in the residence halls during the week?

No, this is part of the placement and there is no cost to families.

Who pays for children to be transported from home to school and back each week?

The child's local school district is responsible for providing or arranging for the provision of transportation from home to OSD and back home again weekly. The local school district pays for this service. There is no cost to families for transportation.

What is the process for placing a child at OSD?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that at the end of each child's annual IEP meeting, the IEP team consider the placement options available to the child and make a decision as to the appropriate place for the child to receive services. OSD is one of the placement options that is available to all hearing impaired children in Oregon. When discussing the options, the law directs teams to consider the benefits or concerns related to each of the placement options, and then make the decision that is best for the student. When the team believes OSD may be the appropriate option, or if the team would like more information about the programs and services offered in order to better consider OSD as a placement option, the local school district representative will contact OSD. The supervisor from the appropriate department (Elementary, Middle School or High School), will go to a follow-up meeting with the local IEP team. At the meeting, the student's needs will be reviewed and the team will consider the extent to which the needs can be met within the local district with support from the Regional Program, and at OSD. The team then makes a placement decision.

Once a child goes to OSD, does he stay there the rest of his school years?

The placement decision for a student is made each year at the end of the annual IEP meeting. The decision is only valid for the duration of that IEP, which cannot exceed one year.

What is the responsibility of the local school district?

When a child is placed at OSD, the local school district still retains responsibility for him or her. The local district representative continues to participate in all IEP meetings and any other significant activities or decisions relating to the child.

Who is the contact person for discussing placement at OSD?

Matthew Boyd, at 503-400-6157 or matthew.boyd@osd.k12.or.us.