Special Services

For Students with Disabilities
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .”Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Gavin School District #37 provides district-wide support to building staff and our community regarding the education of students with disabilities, who may qualify under either Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Under either provision, Gavin supports the intent of the federal and state mandate to meet student needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) possible.

In meeting the requirements of LRE, our school community continues to embrace inclusive instructional practices, which are designed to provide accommodations and/or special education services within the context of the general education setting to the greatest extent possible.

While a continuum of services and programming is available within the district, membership in a student’s home school and classroom is highly valued.

At Gavin School District #37, services are provided for children who qualify for an Individual Education Plan through the following eligibility categories. Specific definitions for each of these areas are available in the state guide:

Autism Cognitive Disability
Deaf-Blindness Deafness
Developmental Delay (ages 3-9) Emotional Disability
Hearing Impairment Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment Other Health Impaired
Specific Learning Disability Speech and Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury Visual Impairment

Child Find/Eligibility: Students are identified for special education through a child find process as required by federal and state guidelines. For students who are 3-5 years old, developmental screening and services are available through the Preschool Program.

Gavin Central Elementary