Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy
SECTION: STUDENTS CODE G10
Title: SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Superintendent or designee will assure that the individual education program team assembled to develop the individualized education plan for each disabled student is appropriately staffed and that all members are well educated about state and federal law. As directed under 16 V.S.A. §2959(b), team members will be instructed to examine the range of options that will fulfill the requirements of the student’s IEP under state and federal law and to select options that are most cost effective for the District.
In designing the educational plans for disabled students, the LEA representative will communicate to the IEP team the ability of the classroom staff to provide for the needs of the disabled student without negatively affecting the quality of education for all classroom students.
The Superintendent will encourage the special education coordinator to consult with legal counsel when questions about compliance with the law arise in the performance of duties relative to serving special education students. Ongoing training in the law and best practices will be made available to special educators and other appropriate personnel.
The Superintendent or designee will also assure that all personnel who help in the education of children with disabilities are appropriately trained to meet individual student needs.
The Superintendent will encourage the establishment of strong communications with parents/guardians of students with disabilities (in addition to their participation on the IEP team) and will support them in their work with their children at home to complement the efforts of the school.
Superintendent will report annually to the Board and to the
Commissioner of Education on special education program outcomes, changes
in child count, the rates of increase or decrease of special education
costs, the availability of special education staff and other pertinent
information. This report will be based on a systemic analysis of the
District’s special education program that will lead to ongoing
improvements in outcomes.