Minneola USD #219 and the Southwest Kansas Special Education Cooperative (SKACD) #613 work together to identify every student, ages birth through 21, living within the district boundaries, that has developmental delays or maybe in need of special education. Child Find in Kansas involves an early childhood screening process for children from birth to age 5, and a general education intervention process for children from kindergarten through age 21. Our school and special education cooperative in conjunction with parents use these processes to locate, evaluate, and identify children who may need special education services and supports. If you have a child or know of a child who you think has development delays or special needs, contact your building Principal or the SKACD at 620-865-2054.
Areas of special education include: birth through age two (infant-toddler), early childhood – disability, developmentally delayed, visual impairments including blindness, hearing impairments including deafness, deafblindness, autism, traumatic brain injury, emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, speech or language impairments, and gifted. Parents are advised that all special education services are designed to offer the utmost in educational opportunities for each qualifying student, as well as to provide assistance and support in the areas of physical, mental, emotional, and social growth. State and federal laws are followed in providing each student with a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. If you have a child or know of a child who may need special education services please notify the school district or SKACD.
In accordance with the provisions of Federal and state law, it is the policy of this district to provide a free appropriate public education for every exceptional child (as defined by K.S.A. 72-962) who is a resident of this district or attends a private or parochial school located in this district. Special education services are provided for such children, including individual educational programs offered in the least restrictive environment.
The district shall coordinate and maintain a system which schedules and structures available services for pupils who are referred to determine eligibility for special education services in accordance with procedural processes established in Federal and state law.
Parental involvement and cooperation is important to the success of these educational programs. In order to encourage the involvement and cooperation of parents in special education services and to safeguard the rights of exceptional children to a free appropriate public education, the board utilizes and refers parents to the “Procedural Safeguards in Parent Rights in Special Education” published by the Kansas State Department of Education.
In the provision of special education and related services, the district will implement all Federal and Kansas statutes, rules, and regulations.
Approved: KASB Recommended – 6/14