Parents and the Millville Area School District are partners to guarantee an appropriate education for students needing special education support in the following areas:
- Academic: Services for students whose primary need is assistance in classroom learning.
- Speech and Language: Services for students with speech and language impairment.
- Life Skills Support: Services for students whose need is learning independent living skills.
- Sensory and Physical: Physical and occupational therapy are provided to enable students to benefit from education programs. Services are also available for students with vision or hearing loss affecting education performance.
In addition, the Millville Area School District works with the CSIU and neighboring school districts to provide services for students who need:
- Emotional Support: Services for students whose primary need is emotional and behavior support.
- Multiple Disabilities Support: Services for students with multiple disabilities.
Screening procedures are in place to meet student needs prior to referral for special education services. Students may be referred to the Student Support Team (elementary) or to the Child Study Team (secondary). Parents are informed of any referral and are encouraged to be involved in the process.
Before a child is considered for any special education services, parents must grant permission in writing for the evaluation. Teachers, other school personnel, or parents may refer a child for evaluation. Parents may send a written request for evaluation to the principal or special education supervisor.
The Permission to Evaluate tells a parent:
- Who referred the child for evaluation?
- How parents can review their child’s school records.
- What procedures and types of evaluation will be used?
- That parental involvement in any evaluation process is encouraged.
- The schedule for the evaluation procedure.
- Parents’ rights regarding consent for evaluation.
A multidisciplinary team evaluates a child to determine whether or not he/she has a disability that affects the education process, behavioral patterns, physical condition and communication skills.
The team may include teachers, the guidance counselor, school psychologist, speech therapist, occupational or physical therapist, school nurse and administrators. The child’s parents are also important team members. The team reviews the results of the evaluation and determines if special education services are needed. Results of the evaluation will be explained in an Evaluation Report. If special education services are recommended, parents will be part of the team that develops an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
IEP: Every student receiving special education services must have an IEP, a written Individual Educational Plan. An IEP is developed during a planning conference attended by the education team members and parents. Students who are 14 years or older may also attend to discuss transition services.
The IEP must be reviewed annually, but it may also be reviewed if major changes must be made (if goals are met more quickly or slowly than expected or if a child’s needs change).
NOREP: The district must have written parental approval before an initial IEP can be implemented. A Notice of Recommended Educational Placement is a legal document that identifies the type of program recommended for a student.
If parents disagree with the school district’s special education proposal, they may select the following remedies:
- Mediation: Mediation is a voluntary process. An impartial mediator will attempt to help resolve issues so a mutually agreeable settlement can be reached.
- Pre-Hearing Conference: This is an opportunity for parents and the district to resolve issues before a formal due process is initiated.
- Impartial Due Process Hearing: This is a formal process in which parties may be represented by legal counsel. A hearing officer conducts the procedure in a local school district facility. The decision of the hearing officer may be appealed by either party.
The school district is required by law to keep records of all special education students. Included are
- Birth dates, addresses, telephone numbers and other general information;
- Achievement test results;
- Psychological test results;
- Teacher progress reports;
- Routine medical records.
According to school district policy, you can review your child’s file and challenge the validity of any record or report or challenge the maintenance of information on file.
For further information, contact any of the following people at 570-458-5538: