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602.5 - Special Education

The school board recognizes some students have different educational needs than other students. The board will provide a free, appropriate, public education program and related services to students identified in need of special education.

Special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age 21 or to maximum age allowable in accordance with the law. Students requiring special education will attend general education classes, participate in non-academic and extra/co-curricular services and activities, and receive services in a general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of each individual student. The appropriate education for each student is written in the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

Students receiving special education services are required to meet the requirements listed for special education in Policy 605.3 and in their IEPs for graduation.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] and the area education agency director of special education to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services.

Children from birth through age two and children ages three through five are provided comprehensive special education services within the public education system. The school district will work in conjunction with the area education agency to provide services, at the earliest appropriate time, to children with disabilities from birth through age two. This is done to ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 6/11; 6/12; 9/13; 4/15; 1/18; 2/24
Revised: 10/07; 2/21
Related Policy: 605.3
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.1-2, .5, .9(2-3); 280.8; 2801 IAC 41.109, 41.404; 20 USC §§ 1400 et seq; 34 CFR Pt 300
IASB Reference: 603.03
Mandatory Policy