Special Education

As part of the initial Joint Powers Agreement in 1990, Special Education was a priority to serve the member districts. All students of our member districts are eligible to receive special education services provided by or through GCED (listed below). These services provided to member districts are determined by students' identified needs.

Special Education Services

All students in our member districts are eligible to receive special education services provided by or through GCED. These services provided to member districts are determined by students' identified needs.

 

It is the goal of the GCED to achieve the highest standards of excellence for students with disabilities based upon their individual strengths and needs. Every student is provided with sound academic opportunities to facilitate their physical, emotional, social and vocational potential. It is our responsibility to provide demanding programs appropriate for all levels of ability and to implement this philosophy into practice for all students.

Special Education Records Request

 

Amy Enges

aengnes@gced.k12.mn.us
(651) 388-4441


Parent Record Request Form

Educational Services for All Children

It is our goal to serve every school-aged child with a disability who resides in our member districts. If you are aware of a student who resides in one of our member districts and meets one or more of the following disabling conditions or if you suspect that your child has a disability that has not yet been identified, please contact our district office or your local school:

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Developmental Cognitive Disability, Developmental Delay, Emotional or Behavioral Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, Physically Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, or Traumatic Brain Injured.


The GCED, along with the member districts, provides a full continuum of special education services for each individual student in the least restrictive environment. Each level of service is available for consideration by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team for all eligible students.

The following services are provided by or through GCED. Services are determined by students' identified needs.

Continuum of Services

Itinerant Instruction


Students requiring minimal special education services may benefit from Itinerant Instruction. This level of service provides the student with intermittent instruction, consultation, and/or materials provided by district-wide special education teachers.




Resource Instruction


Eligible students may receive resource instruction in a separate classroom for part of their school day. This level of service supplements or replaces general education class instruction depending on the student's needs. Resource teachers typically work with students in skill deficits in core subjects, and provide individual or small group instruction as determined by the IEP/IFSP team. All of our schools provide resource special education services.




Self-Contained Classrooms


At this level of service, students with needs that cannot be met by itinerant or resource level services receive instruction in a separate classroom for the majority of the school day. These specialized programs offer the environmental changes needed to ensure educational success. One teacher is in charge for most of the school day and provides the majority of instruction. Paraprofessionals may also work with the teacher and students. Class sizes are kept smaller than the general education classroom to provide the educational support needed by the students.




Setting IV School Program


Students whose IEP needs exceed those of a self-contained program may need the support of a separate day school. Member district staff remain involved in each of these programs. Just like in the resident school district, students and their families are assigned a case manager to ensure that the students' progress is monitored and, when exit criteria are met, that the student is reintegrated into their resident district.




Homebound Instruction


Homebound instruction is provided for special education students who, because of medical problems documented by a physician, are either: unable to attend regular classes for a period of not less than three school months; or capable of learning at school but are unable to attend classes for intermittent periods of time totaling three school months during a school year.




Plans for Students in Nonpublic Schools


When a student is parentally placed in private, parochial or home-schooled, not due to FAPE, the district is responsible for child find and evaluation of these students. Following evaluation and identification, the district team will report recommendations and, if eligible, propose an IEP/IFSP following a team meeting with representatives of the public, nonpublic and parents.




Related Services


Related services include transportation and other support services, such as speech or physical therapy, required for students with disabilities to benefit from special education. Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are available at all of our district schools.




Extended School Year Services


Extended school year (ESY) services are offered to eligible special education students during summer vacation. ESY is for students who lose critical skills during regular breaks in instruction and who require an excessive amount of time to regain those skills. Other factors may be considered. Skills appropriate for ESY consideration include those related to self-sufficiency, behavior, socialization, communication and academics. A student's need and eligibility for ESY instruction is determined by the IEP/IFSP team.




Developmental Preschool


Parents of children, who are at least three years of age, but who have not reached the required age for kindergarten, may request evaluation for special education preschool services from their district. The assessment will assess the child’s vision and hearing, language fluency, communication skills, medical history, cognitive development, gross/fine motor skills, and social-emotional development. If eligible, an IFSP will be developed. The IFSP team may determine that they need services while in their current setting or while attending a developmental preschool program at one of our districts for no cost.




Transition Services


Transition services are provided for students who are at least sixteen years old. These services, which are based on each student's strengths, interests and preferences, help students make the transition from school to post-school activities, including college education, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living and community participation. For students aged 18-21, who remain enrolled, there are two transition programs. One program is at the River Bluff Education Center, a GCED site in Red Wing. The other site is located at Red Wing High School. IEP teams will propose the most appropriate program based on student strengths and needs.





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