Statement of Purpose

Administrators and staff of S.A.U. 49, the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD), are committed to providing an appropriate education for all children including the education of children with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 105-17 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and current state standards.

This parent handbook is designed to give an overview of special education programs and services in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, and provide parents with resources and information to help answer questions about the special education process.

Research has shown that parent and family involvement contributes to school success for all children. Parents of children with special needs are important to the special education process and should be involved with the school or agency as the staff takes the child through referral, assessment, determination of special needs, and design of a special education program. Parents should be familiar with state and federal special education legislation as well as the special education programs available within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.

Parent Rights are described in the following documents:

  • Public Law 105-17, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
  • 34 CFR Parts 300 and 303, Assistance to States for Education of Children with Disabilities, Final Regulations for PL 105-17
  • NH Standards for the Education of Students with Disabilities

This information was reviewed and revised to comply with IDEA '97 and to reflect current programs and practices in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.