The education of children with disabilities is one of the most important responsibilities of public schools. Before initial special education services can be provided to a student within the Lake Mills Area School District, an evaluation of the student must be administered. This involves the use of educational diagnosticians, certified school psychologists and others with expertise in the suspected area of disability. A report is prepared pulling together all the relevant information and is shared with the parents/guardians, usually at a school-based meeting.
Students found eligible for special education are provided a free, appropriate public education and are entitled to receive specialized instruction, which could include modifications to the content of the regular education curriculum, or modifications in the manner in which the curriculum is provided. Eligible students are also entitled to the related services necessary for them to benefit from their instructional program. Related services can include transportation to and from school, as well as such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as may be needed by the student. Included also are physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as supports such as counseling, health services, and specialized physical education. Additional personnel, as deemed appropriate, may also be part of a student's program.
The elements of each student's program are spelled out in a document called an Individualized Education Program (IEP), developed at a meeting involving the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), the student's teacher and others who will be providing services, and individuals familiar with the student. The IEP must describe annual goals and provide for a means of measuring the student's progress on a regular basis. The school district also programs for student transition from early intervention programming into school-age programs, as well as developing postsecondary goals, as described in the student’s IEP.
The school district emphasizes a team approach to the education of all students, regardless of need. Should a parent/guardian have a concern regarding the education of a student with a disability, he/she is encouraged to meet with the team of individuals involved in the education of his/her child in order to answer any questions and/or resolve any areas of concern or dispute.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Lake Mills Area School District's Special Education Office at (920) 648-2474.
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