Policy 604.02

Special Education

The board recognizes some students have different educational needs than other students. The board shall provide an appropriate education program and related services to students identified in need of special education. The special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age twenty-one or to maximum age allowable in accordance with the law. The appropriate education for each student shall be written in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Special education students shall be required to meet the requirements stated in board policy or in their IEPs for graduation. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services.

Children from birth through age 5 meeting the identification and verification procedures shall be provided special education services within the public education system. The school district shall work in conjunction with the appropriate education agencies to provide services, at the earliest appropriate time, to children with disabilities. This shall be done to ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

Legal Reference:  NDE Rule 51, U.S. Office of Civil Rights Section 504-D

Approved: November 10, 1992
Revised: December 9, 1996
Revised: August 14, 2006