Special Education

Our special education program provides a range of services from birth to age 21 for students who qualify. Browse the directory below to learn about and find out who to contact with your questions about specific services and procedures.

How do I make a referral?

If there is a concern about your child, you, your child’s teacher, or an outside provider can refer him/her to the building Child Study Team (CST).  In the majority of cases the building will implement systematic interventions in an attempt to improve your child’s functioning in the area(s) of concern.  Some buildings have a separate Intervention Team for this purpose. If after two interventions your child continues to be significantly behind his/her peers in the area(s) of concern, the CST at the building may decide to pursue an evaluation to consider Special Education or Section 504. 

Referrals to the CST can take place at any time.  If referrals are received with less than 30 school days remaining in the school year the evaluation may carry over to the following school year.  For students who have immigrated to the United States and whose primary language is not English, there is no minimum time requirement the student needs to attend school before they can be referred to CST.  However, the CST will often need to determine if the main reason for the lack of progress is due to English proficiency.  There are times that a parent has a medical report or a report from another outside provider that may include a diagnosis.  While this  information is valuable and will be considered, the school will still need to complete their own evaluation for determining Special Education or Section 504 eligibility.

If you have questions please contact your building administrator or Student Services at (507) 328-4310.

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Early Intervention Services - Age 3 to K

Early Intervention are services provided to a child and their family when the child has been found eligible based on a medical condition or delay in development, according to state criteria. These services occur within the child's natural setting and are often family-centered. Services may be provided by an early childhood special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or other providers based on eligibility and need.

If you have concerns about your child's development you can call [INSERT PHONE NUMBER] or make a referral online at MN Help Me Grow. Screening, evaluation and services are free to students who meet eligibility criteria.

Early Intervention Services - Birth Up to Age 3

Special education services are provided to eligible children age 3 up to Kindergarten entrance for those who meet special education state criteria. These services are often delivered in a center-based setting based on the unique needs of each child. Services may be provided by an early childhood special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or other providers based on eligibility and need.

If you have concerns about your child's development you can call [INSERT PHONE NUMBER] or make a referral online at MN Help Me Grow. Screening, evaluation and services are free to students who meet eligibility criteria.

K-12 Special Education

The focus of K-12 special education is to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for eligible students identified to have a disability and who are in need of individualized and specially designed instruction.

This instruction must provide progress towards goals and objectives through collaboration between parents/guardians, students and professional staff who:

  • assist in identifying students with disabilities using the multidisciplinary team process
  • implement due process standards in collaboration with the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team
  • provide the appropriate specialized instruction to students through their IEP, base on the child's disability-related need
  • monitor the student's progress based on the goals and objectives written in the IEP
  • actively participate in professional development to remain current with special education statutes, rules, regulations and best practices in specialized instruction

 

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We offer support in the following areas: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities - Mild/Moderate (DCD-MM)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities - Severe/Profound (DCD-SP)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Other Health Disabilities (OHD)
  • Physically Impaired (PI)
  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Speech/Language Impairments (SLI)
  • Severely Multiply Impaired (SMI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visually Impaired (VI)
  • Work Experience Handicapped

Total Special Education Program

The Total Special Education System (TSES) is a summary of the District's policy and procedures related to special education services.

Review the TSES for Rochester Public Schools.