601.23 Special Education Programs and Services



The 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. The special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age twenty-one or to maximum age allowable in accordance with Iowa Code 281.8. Students requiring special education will attend general education classes, participate in nonacademic and extracurricular 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 Program (IEP).

Special education students are required to meet the requirements stated in board policy or in their IEPs for graduation. Prior to the student’s graduation the IEP team shall determine that the requirements have been met.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent and the area education agency director of special education to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services in the least restrictive environment. The school district will work in conjunction with the area education agency to provide appropriate services and ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

Legal Reference: Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982); Springdale School District #50 v. Grace, 693 F.2d 41 (8th Cir. 1982);  Southeast Warren Comm. School District v. Dept. of Public Instruction, 285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979); 20 U.S.C. §§1400 et seq. (2010); 34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (2010); Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.1, .2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (2013); 281 I.A.C. 41.109








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