The goals of this school system's special education program are to allow each student to grow and achieve at his/her own level, to gain independence and self-reliance, and to return to the mainstream of school society as soon as possible.
The requirements of Chapter 71B and the Massachusetts General Laws (known as Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972) and state regulations will be followed in the identification of student with special needs, in referrals for their evaluation, in prescribing for them suitable programs and in assessing their educational progress. In keeping with state requirements, all students with special needs between the ages of three through 21 who have not attained a high school diploma or its equivalent will be eligible for special
The School Committee believes that most students with special needs can be educated in the general education program if they are given special instruction, accommodations and the support they need. These children should also be given the opportunity to participate in the school system's non-academic and extracurricular activities.
The Committee recognizes that the needs of certain students are so great that special programs, special classes, or special schools may be necessary. When appropriate programs, services, or facilities are not available within the public schools, the Committee will provide these students with access to schools where such instruction and accommodations are available.
It is the desire of the Committee that the schools work closely with parents in designing and providing programs and services to students with special needs. Parents will be informed, and conferred with, whenever a student is referred for evaluation. In event of any disagreement concerning diagnosis, program plan, special placement, or evaluation, the parents will be accorded the right of due process.
The Committee will secure properly trained personnel to work with the students with special needs. Since the financial commitment necessary to meet the needs of all of these students is extensive, the Committee will make every effort to obtain financial assistance from all sources.