Special Education

  • McCall-Donnelly School District Special Education programs provide services to district students who meet eligibility requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) under one of the thirteen disability categories allowed in the State of Idaho. All district schools are served by special education professionals and related service providers. The District seeks to meet its obligations under the law to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible students and to do this within the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Services will be provided in a student's home school to the extent that this is appropriate. Special Education is an educational support system designed to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to reach their potential and become productive members of society. Our vision is for a school district where every student age three through twenty-one, regardless of disability, has the opportunity to grow and learn in a secure environment where individual needs are addressed and nurtured.

    Special education generally refers to services provided to students age 3 to 21 with disabilities following specific state and federal laws and rules. While not every child with a disability will require special education services, every child whose disability affects their school progress is entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) which meets their unique needs. Special education is provided by the school district at no cost to parents.

    Most special education services are delivered at the child's school and can include specially designed instruction and related services that meet the unique needs of an eligible student with a disability or a specific service need that is necessary to allow the student with a disability to access the general curriculum.

    The purpose of special education is to allow the student to successfully develop his or her individual educational potential. Along with providing services to the child, if necessary, services are provided to parents and to teachers for the student to benefit from special education.