The goal of the district’s special education program is to support the growth and achievement of each student to his/her reasonable academic potential.
Any and all state regulations will be followed in the identification of children with special needs, in referrals for their evaluation, in prescribing for them suitable programs, and in assessing their educational progress. All students with special needs between the ages of three and 21 who have not attained a high school diploma or its equivalent will be eligible for special education. These students will also be given the opportunity to participate in the district’s non-academic and extracurricular activities.
The Committee recognizes that the needs of certain children are so great that special programs, classes, or schools may be necessary. When appropriate programs, services, or facilities are not available within the district, the Committee will provide these students with access to schools where such instruction and accommodations are available.
It is the desire of the Committee that the schools work closely with parents to design and provide programs and services to students with special needs. Parents will be informed, and conferred with, whenever a student is referred for evaluation. In the event of any disagreement concerning diagnosis, program plan, special placement, or evaluation, the parents will be accorded the right of due process.
The Committee will secure properly trained personnel to work with students with special needs. Since the financial commitment necessary to meet the needs of these students may be extensive, the Superintendent will make every effort to obtain financial assistance from all sources.
MSC first vote: 11/18/14
MSC second vote: 12/9/14