Special Education Programs
Special Education at Linn-Mar CSD is designed to provide specially designed instruction and related services to eligible students with a disability. We pride our selves on the quality and continuum of special education programs offered throughout the district. General education and special education teachers work collaboratively to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
IDEA entitles every student to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) through their local school district from age 3 to age 21. To ensure a FAPE, a team of professionals from the school district meet with the student’s parents/guardians to identify the student’s unique educational needs, to develop annual goals for the student, and to determine the placement, program modification, testing accommodations, and other special services that the student needs. These decisions are recorded in a written Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The school is required to develop and implement an IEP that meets the standards of federal and state educational agencies.
Least Restrictive Environment
All student’s with a disability have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. Determining a student’s least restrictive environment is the responsibility of the student’s IEP team.
Preparing for an IEP Meeting (age 14+) See Also Transition Services Link