Special Education Services

Vision Statement:
It is our shared vision that children will be empowered and prepared to be compassionate, creative and productive life long learners.  
Working together, we will provide our students  with opportunities to improve and enhance their lives through personal growth 
and the realization that they are valuable and contributing members of our society.

Special Education
Purpose: "To ensure that all students with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living..." Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

Eligibility: A student is eligible for special education in Vermont if they meet the following three criteria:
1. The student has a disability: The disabilities can be-developmental delay (age 3 through 5), learning impairment, specific learning disability, visual impairment, deafness or being hard of hearing, speech or language impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, autism, traumatic brain injury, deaf-blindness, and multiple-disabilities.

2.  The disability results in adverse effect on the student's educational performance in one or more basic skill areas:
    • Basic Skill Areas:
      • Oral Expression
      • Written Expression
      • Reading Expression
      • Mathematics Reasoning
      • Listening Comprehension
      • Basic Reading Skills
      • Mathematics Calculations
      • Motor Skills
***  If the student's disability has an adverse effect on his/her education, continue to the next step. If not, the team will refer student to the 504 team for evaluation.

3.  The student needs special education services to benefit from his/her educational programs and this support cannot be provided through the educational support system (ESS), standard instructional conditions or supplementary aids and services provided in the school.

***  If yes, the student is eligible for special education. If not refer for 504 consideration.
Wendy Pierce - Interim Director of Special Education Services              447-7501           Wendy Pierce