Placement in special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of a student from the regular education environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in a regular class with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.



Center programs for the hearing impaired, located in the Lakeview, Utica, and Roseville school districts, offer classroom placement for students who are hearing impaired.


Oral programs, located in Lakeview and Utica, provide training in listening, speaking and speech reading. The Lakeview and Utica programs serve their surrounding area. Utica Community Schools provide oral programs from preschool through elementary school.  The Lakeview School District  provides oral programs for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students..


Total communication programs, located in Roseville and Lakeview provide training in listening, speaking, speech reading, signing and finger spelling. The Roseville total communication program serves the entire county with classrooms from preschool through junior high. The Lakeview total communication program provides the high school program (grades 09-12).


The need for a special classroom for students with hearing impairments may be based on the following considerations:


Preschool Child:


School-Age Child:


Catchment Areas:

Lakeview Program for Hearing Impaired

Preschool, elementary, middle and high school

Districts Served:

Anchor Bay

Center Line


East Detroit



Lake Shore


L'Anse Creuse

Mt. Clemens


South Lake

Van Dyke

Utica Program for the Hearing Impaired

Preschool and elementary


Districts Served:


Chippewa Valley

New Haven




Warren Consolidated

Warren Woods






Roseville Program for the Hearing Impaired

Preschool, elementary and middle school


Districts Served:  ALL


Lakeview High School


Districts Served:  ALL

(Oral and Total)


Referral Process:

A Form 2 referral is sent by the local district Special Education Director to the MISD Director of the Assessment Center and the operating HI Program Director (Lakeview, Utica, Roseville).


A Form 2 may be initiated for the services of an MISD teacher consultant for the hearing impaired (TC-HI) to assist when a student is being considered for an HI classroom.  Please check “Consideration for Program Placement, Hearing Impaired.” on the form.


Similarly, a request may be made for a TC-HI for assistance with students in the general education setting of a local school district.  Please check "Hearing Consultation" on Form 2.


The Local Director should contact the Operating Director of the HI Center Program to arrange for parents to visit the HI program.


If a referral is being made by a non-resident district, a copy of the referral Form 2 must be forwarded to the Director of the student's resident district.


The following documents should be obtained by the local district and enclosed with the referral:


  1. Student Identified as Hearing Impaired or HI Transfer Student with disability.


Referral Response:

There is a review of the referral package and contact with the local district for clarification or additional information, if needed.


MISD completes a Recommended Disposition Form 2A and sends a copy to the operating district (with the referral package) and to the resident district.


The sending district is responsible for all arrangements for the IEP.



The resident district contacts the receiving district and the MISD Assessment Center Director and HI Teacher Consultant (if applicable) to schedule an IEP meeting.


NOTE 1: Resident District:


NOTE 2: This referral process and outcome is followed even if the student being considered resides within the district operating the HI center program.



Students Previously Enrolled in another District

Students transferring to the local district from outside the county who are being served in a similar program may be referred directly to the MISD for LEA Center placement. 


For immediate placement:

  1. The Referring district must complete transfer of student with a disability and submit it with Form 2 to the MISD and the Operating HI Center district.

  2. The Referring district must also request and collect data from the Previous district and submit this to MISD and the Operating HI Center district within 30 days.

  3. The Operating HI Center district must hold a new IEP within 30 school days.


If the student is transferring from one center program (e.g., Oral) for the hearing impaired to another (e.g. Total) within the county, a Form 2 Referral is sent to the MISD Director of Assessment Center by the current resident district and the appropriate HI Center Program Director.  Include with the Form 2 referral:


Visitation Policy:

Director of Special Education/Supervisor contacts the LEA or ISD Center Program Director to set up visitation.


Form Links:

Form 2 signed and dated by Parent and Special Education Director


Teacher/Professional for HI Placement Input Form (Sign level, equipment use) to be developed



Updated: August 2014