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Special Education

The Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services and placement to meet the needs of students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are found to be eligible for special education due to a disability that adversely impacts their educational functioning. This includes Extended School Year Programming for maintenance of skills. Eligibility for Extended School Year is based on evidence of substantial regression and recoupment issues. 

Special Services offers consultative, resource, instructional and specialized programming for students who have been identified with having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Once students are found eligible for special education, an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is developed. An IEP is created in collaboration with parents, general education teachers, and special services staff on a yearly basis minimally.  The IEP details the student’s needs as well as what will be done to address those needs. Related services are designed to support students in benefitting from special education and include but are not limited to social work, psychological services, speech/language therapy, transportation, assistive technology, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive physical education. It is important to note that related services are determined based on educational needs and differ in eligibility and services provided within a medical model.