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Special Services Update Inside: What is an Individualized Education Plan/Program, what steps to take if if you suspect your student has a disability, and if your student doesn't qualify.

What is an Individualized Education Plan (or Program)?

An Individualized Education Plan (or Program) is also known as an IEP. This is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. The IEP is developed by a team of individuals from various educational disciplines, the child with the disability, family members, and/or designated advocates.

An IEP includes the following:

• The involvement and progress of the child with a disability in the general curriculum.

• All related services for which the child qualifies.

• Appropriate educational accommodations necessary for the child to be successful.

• The child’s present levels of educational performance.

• Measurable annual goals and objectives for the child’s education.

For additional information on IEPs, please view this video:

What steps do I take if I suspect that my student has a disability that is adversely affecting their performance at school?

Share your concerns with your student’s teacher. You can work together to identify strengths and create a learning environment that meets the needs of your student. For example, the teacher can deliver content in additional ways, as well as ask your student to show what they know using methods that utilize their strengths.

If your student continues to experience challenges in performance, after the teacher has tried a variety of instructional methods and interventions, your student’s teacher may request to meet with the school’s Student Support Team (SST).

This flowchart illustrates how Chief Leschi Schools Special Education Referral Process works.

What should I do if my student doesn't qualify for Special Services?

We appreciate that our family community are strong advocates for their students. Click on the graphic below on ideas for accommodations for your student. You can work with your students’ teacher to find the best ones.

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