A PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special Education is an integral part of the total framework of education to assist schools in providing an appropriate education to all students within their jurisdiction. As a support system, Special Education provides unique and specialized resources, which enable students with special needs to maximize their potential.
The resources of Special Education can best be visualized as an array of services ranging from specialized instruction providing for the severely handicapped to the supportive assistance of consultive help to regular education teachers. Currently, Special Education services are provided consistent with the concept of the least restrictive environment. Team staffings, individual program plans, and parental involvement are all key in working with students who have special needs. Comprehensive evaluations of all students suspected to be in need of special services are prerequisite to the development of an individual education program. The programs provided by the Special Education Department are designed to be harmonious with the needs detailed by that plan.
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