Department of Special Services
739 Weymouth Rd
Medina, OH 44256
Phone: (330) 636-3090
Fax: (330) 636-3107

Coordinator of Special Services
Paul M. Kidd
(330) 636-3072

Assistant Coordinator of Special Services
Dr. Heather Doyle
(330) 636-3081

School Psychologists

Office Staff

Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

 Attention Parents of students with identified disabilities:

Your child may be eligible for a scholarship, under the Autism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, to attend a special education program that implements your child's individualized education program. The special education program may be operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider.

To obtain more information about either of the scholarships, please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website at Search for Autism Scholarship or Jon Peterson Scholarship to find more information.

You may also contact the Office of Nonpublic Educational Options at ODE via phone at 614-466-5743 or 877-644-6338 with additional questions.

Department of Special Services

The Department of Special Services is responsible for overseeing all Special Education Programs, Pathways to Success Program, Career Based Intervention Program (CBI), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, MCS Technology School, and Helping Hands Preschool.

IntraDistrict Open Enrollment Option for the 2013/14 School Year

Medina City Schools' students who wish to attend an elementary or middle school other than the one determined by their residence may do so by completing a 2013/14 IntraDistrict Open Enrollment Option Application. Applications are taken via on-line submission only starting on Monday, April 1, 2012 through Sunday, June 30, 2013 for the 2013/14 school year only.  Parents will receive notification in writing of their child's acceptance/non-acceptance no later than the second week of August 2013.  

Inclusion Teacher (IT) Award

The Department of Student Services is very excited to announce a new award for Medina City School District regular education staff servicing students with disabilities. The Inclusion Teacher (IT) Award will be given to regular education teachers who provide exemplary service to students with special needs in their classroom. You know IT when you see IT and we are asking you to nominate the teachers in your building who have IT!

Please send the nomination form to Paul Kidd or Dr. Heather Doyle, Office of Student Services at 739 Weymouth Rd, Medina Ohio 44256. Awards will be given two times each school year at buildings.  Staff will be called on stage at the end of the year staff meeting to be recognized by the entire district.

Meet Teresa Lawler, recipient of the very first Inclusion Teacher Award. 

Meet Al DiTommaso, recipient of the May 2011 Inclusion Teacher Award.

Meet Chris Miller, recipient of the Winter 2012 Inclusion Teacher Award.


Transcript/Records Request Form
Home Education Fact Sheet & Notification Form
Prescription Medication Form
Non-Prescription Medication Form
Asthma Inhaler/Emergency Medication Authorization Form
Epi-Pen Authorization Form 
Medina County Health Department Tdap Forms
Ohio Dept. of Health-Bed Bug Fact Sheet
CDC-Bed Bug Fact Sheet
2013 Alternate Assessment Fact Sheet for Families 


The Department of Special Services is excited to share these upcoming community events, programs, and activities that are provided for students with disabilites and their families.

S.E.E.K. (Special Education Empowering Kids) sponsored events... coming in 2013!
H.E.A.R.T. sponsored events: Transitions Planning Workshop April 13, 2013
Friendship Club (sponsored by H.E.A.R.T.)
SST-News, Updates and Events
Cuyahoga County Transition Expo: March 16


Whose IDEA Is This?  Procedural Safeguards (Translated versions available here)
Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities
Child Find
Autism Ohio
Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Help Me Grow 


Summer Reinforcement Program(SRP)-ages 3-12 years; Mon.-Fri. starting June 12 through July 12 (off July 4); 9-12pm;. Learning is fun at SRP! Classes focus on reinforcing math and reading skills, with other fun activities included. Program is open to all students, including students with special needs.  Social Skills Groups and Speech services are offered by the program; OT & PT services can be coordinated for delivery during SRP.  Instructors are certificated teachers. Location: Northrop Elementary.  Click here for SRP APPLICATION FORM and MORE INFORMATION

STARS-Grades P-5; Tues-Wed-Thurs; weeks of June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 30 & Aug. 6; 9:00-12 pm; STARS, for students with special needs,  provides practice in social skills, communication, and academics to reinforce IEP goals during the summer months. Students have an opportunity to interact with each other in large/small groups in a safe, inviting environment, with fun activities that vary each week. Snack is provided daily. Speech, OT & PT services provided on-site. Location: Northrop Elementary (Students may attend individual weeks or entire program.)  Click here for STARS APPLICATION FORM.

STRIPES-Grade 6 and above; Tues-Wed-Thurs; weeks of June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 30 & Aug. 6; 9:00-12 pm. STRIPES will offer the opportunity to improve social communication skills in an action packed, fun-filled environment. Campers will be divided into many smaller groups based on grade and/or ability level. Campers will participate in large/small group activities designed to increase interaction abilities and to facilitate improvements in listening, following directions, turn-taking, participating in group dynamics and understanding differing viewpoints. Snack provided daily. Speech, OT & PT provided on-site. Location: Medina High School (Students may attend individual weeks or entire program.)  Click here for STRIPES APPLICATION FORM.


llergy Awareness Video
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Early Entrance to Kindergarten 
Youth Suicide Fact Sheet
AAS School Prevention Program
After a Suicide-A Toolkit for Schools
Is Path Warm?  Suicide Warning Signs
The Role of School Health and Mental Health Providers in Preventing Suicide
The Role of Teachers in Preventing Suicide
Suicide Risk Factors for Students and Staff
Medina County ESC - School Nurse & Nursing Svcs. Information

Medicaid Billing Information

 Medina City Schools is eligible to request reimbursement from federal Medicaid funding programs for medically necessary services provided through the IEP process. Your child's special education services will not be impacted in any way and you will never be billed directly for the services provided. More information regarding the notification and consent options will be made available at your child's next IEP review.

Please contact the Department of Special Services with any questions you may have. The brochure listed under "Downloads" to the right offers more information from our billing partner, MSB Special Education Solutions. 

Medicaid for OH Schools Brochure