Special Education Services
St. Paul School District is proud to provide special education services to students with disabilities. Students in kindergarten through age 21, who meet eligibility criteria under the law (IDEA) and demonstrate education needs, receive special education services. St. Paul School District operates under the following beliefs:
Services should be provided to the students in the least restrictive educational setting
Students with disabilities should have access to instructional, curricular, and social opportunities that the general education setting offers
Parents are essential partners in educational setting
Special Education Child Find
There is an ongoing process to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, birth through 21 years, residing within the St. Paul School District boundaries, who are suspected of being eligible for special education services.
If a parent suspects his or her child may have a disability, that parent has the right to request an evaluation from the building principal where the child would be or is attending school.
Personally identifiable information will be gathered as a part of the identification process. This information will be maintained to develop a program for students with disabilities. Parents have a right to inspect and review all educational records related to their child at any time and especially before any meeting related to their child is conducted. The building principal assumes the responsibility for ensuring confidentiality of any personally identifiable information maintained at his or her building.
Special Education Eligibility
Special Education services are available at each school in the St. Paul School District. Students identified as eligible for special education services must meet the following two requirements:
1. Federal and state eligibility requirements as having a disability in at least one of 12 handicapping condition categories.
2. Needs specially designed instruction.
Laws Relating to Students with Disabilities
There are three laws that protect students with disabilities. These laws ensure that no restrictions be placed on their right to secure the benefits of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The three laws are:
PL 93-112 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112)
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
PL 105-17 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2005, Reauthorization. (IDEA)
A student eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement act as of July 1, 2005) is automatically protected under Section 504 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The IDEA (or IDEIA) ensures that children with disabilities who qualify for special education services are provided a Free Appropriate Public Education with specially designed instruction and related services designed to meet the unique educational needs of the student.
Special Education Acronyms
IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
EI - Early Intervention
IEP - Individualized Education Program
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
LEA - Local Education Agency
ODE - Oregon Department of Education
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
SLD - Specific Learning Disability
OHI - Other Health Impairment
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
DD - Developmental Delay (Early Childhood eligibility ONLY)
ID - Intellectual Disability
HI - Hearing Impaired
CD - Communication Disorder
RTI - Response to Intervention