Special Education Programs
Return to Learn for Students with IEPs:
We understand there are many questions around special education services and supports for our students. Below is a video from our Executive Director of Student Services for families. Additional information beyond the video can be found HERE. We will keep this resource updated as we receive additional information from the Iowa Department of Education.
Special Education in the Linn-Mar Community School District is designed to provide specially designed instruction and related services to eligible students with a disability. We pride ourselves 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 ages 3 to 21. To ensure a FAPE, a team of professionals from the 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 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 students 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 (LRE) is the responsibility of the student’s IEP team.