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CHILDREN WHO NEED SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Children who need special education services are those who have exceptionalities that prevent them from progressing effectively in a regular school program and who need a special class, special program, or special services.

These exceptional ities include the following:

Retardation Speech & Language Impairment Learning Disability
Hard of Hearing Behavioral Impairment Deaf/Blind
Deaf Orthopedic Impairment Multi-Handicapped
Autism Other Health Impairment Visual Impairment
Deaf/Blind Traumatic Brain Injury

Title 20-A, Chapters 301 & 302 of Maine State Law require that local school systems must provide special education programs for children who need them. Children are eligible for services at age 5, on or before October 15th of any school year, and until they reach 20 years old.

IDENTIFICATION OF CHILDREN

Identification of children in need of special services is the responsibility of the P.E.T. (Pupil Evaluation Team). This team includes the parents, teachers, specialists, principal and other key persons. Teachers, parents, or other agencies concerned about a particular student refers the student to the resource teacher in the school, who in turn, reviews and develops a plan for evaluating and testing of the student. The P.E.T. then meets to review the results of the testing and develops a special education program which will meet the student's needs. This process should take no more than 60 calendar days to complete and is done with parent cooperation and agreement.

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY MSAD #6:

  • Referral Services: Students receive assistance from a specialist to provide intervention, administer individual evaluations, conduct P.E.T. Meetings and develop educational programs.
  • Consultation Services: These are provided to the regular education teachers to assist them in modifying and/or adapting their regular education curriculum.
  • Monitoring Services: Special education teach ers/spec ial ists schedules specific observations of the student along with regular consultation with the student's regular education teacher.
  • Resource Services/Tutorial Lab: Students receive one to one or small group instruction supervised by a Resource Teacher.
  • Self Contained Special Class: Students spend at least 50% of their instruction in a small structured setting.
  • Other Services: Included are Speech & Language Therapy, home tutoring, outside day and residential schools, counseling and occupational/physical therapy.

The Special Staff providing these services include teachers specifically trained to work with handicapped students, tutors, assistants, guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, speech and language therapists, school nurses, and other outside professionals contracted to work with specific students.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN EXCEPTIONALITY

If your child has an exceptionality or you think an exceptionality may exist, please arrange a meeting with your child's teacher and with the school's principal. Discuss with us your concerns and your child's need for evaluation and special education services. We will evaluate your child, discuss our evaluation with you, and, if it is necessary, we will develop a suitable special education program.

PARENTAL RIGHTS

If you feel that appropriate services are not provided for your child, you may request a meeting with the Director of Special Services at the district's central office in Bar Mills, telephone 929-3831 or 642-2480. If the problem is not resolved, you may request a meeting with the Superintendent of Schools. At any time you may request a state investigation or hearing. A written request for an official review of the matter should be made to the Commissioner of Education, Augusta, Maine 04333. The Department will set up an investigation or hearing to review the case. The investigation or hearing officer will either concur with the existing program or will prescribe a different one, which MSAD #6 must implement. If the preceding steps do not produce satisfactory results, you may initiate legal action in the District Court of the United States. Meanwhile, your child would remain in the current educational program.

WE ARE HERE

We are here to do our best to help your child to learn and grow. If you want to discuss a concern about your child's progress in school, or if you want more information about MSAD #6's educational programs, we want to hear from you. Contact your child's teachers, principal, special class teacher, or guidance counselor; we will be glad to meet with you for a conference.


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Mail to:

M.S.A.D. #6
PROJECT CHILDFIND
SPECIAL SERVICES OFFICE
94 Main St
Buxton, ME 04093

Or Telephone:929-3831, 642-2480 and ask for Special Services

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