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Special Services

Child Find

What is Child Find?

  • Child Find is a developmental screening provided to children between 3 and 21 years old that are not currently enrolled in a Lyon County school. 
  • The screenings will cover hearing, vision, speech, language, motor skills, and child development. 
  • To have your child screened, check back for the coming list of scheduled dates and locations. 

Dayton Area:

  • By appointment
  • Call Lisa Wright at 246-6250 or email to schedule a screening for your child.

Fernley Area:

  • By appointment
  • Call Shelle Alsip or Johnna Rosevear at 575-3390 or email or to schedule a screening for your child.

Silver Springs Area:

  • By appointment
  • Call Monica Cummings at 577-5050 or email to schedule a screening for your child.

Yerington/ Smith Valley Area:

  • By appointment
  • Call Elizabeth Ichord at 463-6822 or email to schedule a screening for your child.


Home School

Are you planning to educate your child(ren) at home? Here are the steps you need to complete:  Nevada Law (NRS 392.070) provides for a waiver of the compulsory attendance laws and procedures for parents/guardians to follow in pursuing the waiver. Parents who wish to homeschool their child(ren), must complete the Homeschool registration process. 

Steps to registering for homeschool:

  1. Complete a Notice of Intent to Homeschool for each child you are planning to homeschool.
  2. Attach your educational plan as described in the Notice of Intent to Homeschool.
    • Parents must obtain materials and curriculum appropriate for age and skill level of each child being homeschooled.
    • Please note that public online schools and charter schools are not considered homeschool.
  3. Submit completed Notice of Intent to Homeschool and educational plan to:  Lyon County School District, Att: Rachel Stewart, 25 E. Goldfield, Yerington, NV 89447.
  4. If your child plans to participate in extracurricular activities, the Notice of Intent to Participate in Extracurricular Activities must also be completed and submitted annually.

Additional information about Homeschooling is available at Nevada Homeschooling.


Policies & Rights

Family Educational Rights and  Privacy Act of 1974:  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is federal legislation that protects the privacy of students' Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The act applies to all educational institutions that receive federal funds. For more information on FERPA, please select one of the FERPA Authorization links below.


Special Education Rights of Parents and Children




Aging and Disability Services Division

The Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) works to connect the aging and persons with disabilities to available resources, supports and services. 

For additional Information about ADSD and some of the services they can connect you with, check out the following links:


Nevada Department of Education, Office of Inclusive Education

"The Nevada Department of Education (NDE), Office of Special Education is committed to ensuring that ALL students in Nevada are college- and career- ready upon exit from the public school system. To accomplish this, the NDE Office of Special Education strives to build and improve on collaborative efforts with state partners and education stakeholders state-wide. It is our goal to promote educational success for Nevada’s students through increased academic rigor; use of evidenced-based practices; providing sustained professional development for administrators, teachers, and staff; providing technical assistance in data-based decision making; and building meaningful partnerships with districts, schools, and parents" (NDOE, 2016)

For additional Information about the Nevada Office of Special Education, check out the following links:


Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation

The Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation consists of divisions that offer assistance in job training and placement, vocational rehabilitation, workplace discrimination and in collecting and analyzing workforce and economic data. Many of these services provided are:

  • Employment Security
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nevada Equal Rights Commission
  • Research and Analysis Bureau
  • Information Development and Processing

The Rehabilitation Division provides support for students with disabilities in transition, training, and employment support.

For additional information about NDETR and some of the services they provide, check out the following links:


Nevada Dual Sensory Project

The purpose of the Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project is to enhance the educational services provided to children and youth, birth through 21 years, with vision and hearing impairments. The project provides statewide technical assistance to support parents, service providers, and other service agencies in meeting the educational needs of children who have dual sensory impairments.

For more information go to the Nevada Dual Sensory Project Home Page.


Nevada Early Intervention Services

Nevada Early Intervention Services (NEIS) programs are available to families with children under the age of three (3) who meet Nevada's eligibility requirements. Early Intervention services are provided in natural environments, including home, playgroup and community settings. Families join together with NEIS staff to develop an Individualized Family Services Plan with outcomes that draw on the family's priorities and concerns.

If you are concerned that your child's development, you can contact NEIS at 800-522-0066 to refer your child for an evaluation.

For additional Information about NEIS, early intervention, evaluation, and services, check out the following links:


Nevada PEP

Nevada PEP is a nonprofit organization that provides information, services and training to Nevada families of children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances and their service providers.

For additional Information about NV PEP, resources, webinars, and trainings, check out the following links:

Office of Special Education Programs

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Additional Information about OSEP is available at the OSEP Home Page.



Promoting Rigorous Outcomes and Growth by Redesigning Educational Services for Students With Disabilities Center provides information, resources, tools, and technical assistance services to support local educators and leaders (kindergarten through transition age) in developing and implementing high-quality educational programming that ensures students with disabilities have access to free appropriate public education (FAPE).  Visit their website.


Procedural Manual

Lyon County Special Services Manual provides the policies and procedures for Special Education Services in Lyon County School District.




Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Caseload Reports

The State of Nevada requires that all public agencies which service students with disabilities report the caseloads for physical and occupational therapists. The breakdown in the report is as outlined in the Nevada Administrative Code (LCB File No. R064-08). For detailed information about Lyon County School District Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy caseloads, please see the links below.


Nevada Department of Education Special Education Annual Performance Report by District

"The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires states to develop and submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The SPP is designed to evaluate the state's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describe how the state will improve its implementation. The plan consists of several priority areas with specific indicators defined for each area. Measurable and rigorous targets are defined for each indicator to show progress throughout the period of the SPP. For school year 2014-2015, states are required to report publicly on the performance of school districts for SPP indicators 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.The table below shows how this school district performed on specific indicators and whether or not the district met the state's annual targets for those indicators as defined in the Nevada State Performance Plan" (Nevada Department of Education, 2016). Lyon County Annual Performance Report 2021-22.


Special Education Record Requests

Record Requests can be:

  • Emailed to:

  • Faxed to:  775-463-6808  Attn. Sydnea Hanses