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The Board recognizes some students have different educational needs than other students.  The Board will provide a free appropriate public education program and related services to students identified in need of special education.  The special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age 21, or to maximum age allowable in accordance with the law.  Students requiring special education will attend general education classes, participate in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities and receive services in a general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate to meet the needs of each individual student.  The appropriate education for each student is written in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Special education students are required to meet the graduation requirements stated in Board policy or in their IEPs in order to graduate from this District.  It will be the responsibility of the superintendent and the area education agency director of special education to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services.

Children from birth through age 2 and children age 3 through age 5 are provided comprehensive special education services within the public education system.  The District will work in conjunction with the area education agency to provide services, at the earliest appropriate time, to children with disabilities from birth through age 2 (Early Access Services).  This is done to ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: May 6, 2024

Revised: November 14, 2011