Special Education Services

District 858 Special Education provides inclusive and comprehensive educational programs for students with disabilities from birth through 21 years of age, as required by law. Consultation, assessment, direct and indirect instructional programming in all disability areas are available based upon the student's individual needs. Each student who receives special education services must meet State of Minnesota mandated eligibility criteria, and have an Individual Education Program (IEP) which describes the student's present level of performance, special education needs, goals, objectives, and services. Most students receive services in a regular class setting with peers, when appropriate.

Students can receive services in the following disability categories: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf-Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disability, Developmental Delay, Other Health Disabilities, Physically Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visually Impaired.

Referral process for parents: If you suspect that your child may have a disability, please contact the special education department or discuss your concern with your child's classroom teacher or building principal.