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United School District

Special Education » Overview


The United School District community strives to educate every child through a collaborative effort involving the school, student, family and community so that students become independent learners who can reach their full potential. This involves specific efforts to sustain students in the least restrictive educational environment and exposing students to the rigorous curriculum developed to ensure students are prepared to enter adulthood and make a positive contribution to their communities. Parents play an important role in the education of their child, and work as partners with educators to make decisions about student needs.

Various screening activities are conducted on an on-going basis to identify students who may be eligible for special education programs and services. These activities include: review of individual and group-based data (such as cumulative records, health records, report cards, discipline reports, ability and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, physical, and speech/language screening; and meetings/discussion held with parents and the building-level Child Study/Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII) Team, when appropriate, to assist students in benefiting from regular educational programs to the fullest extent possible.

Special education services are provided to students who may require additional strategies and supports to benefit meaningfully from the curriculum delivered as part of regular education instruction. Special education is planned instruction designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with educational disabilities who have been found to have a need for instructional strategies that extend beyond what can be provided in regular education instruction. This includes Early Intervention Services for children from ages 3-5 and services for school-aged children in grades K-12.

Parents are a necessary part of the process of identifying students who may have educational disabilities. Parents are asked to be involved at all steps in developing strategies to meet the needs of individual students. If you think that your child has a disability and needs specially designed instruction, you may contact the building principal for further information or to discuss your child’s needs.