Special Education Services at Prairie
All students who receive special education services have been evaluated by professionals trained in the suspected area of disability. Once the Team (including parents and the classroom teacher) has met and determined that the child needs special education service, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is developed. The IEP is a legal document that insures the student’s needs are appropriately met. The IEP is reviewed and updated at least once per year and an evaluation is conducted every three years.
Special education services are provided in the student’s typical building of attendance in the general education classroom, resource room, therapy room, or special classroom. At times, a student may be educated outside of the district in a special school to meet their individual needs. An Individual Education Program (IEP) is developed to meet each student’s unique special education needs.
Students must meet state of Minnesota eligibility criteria in one of 12 disability categories in order to receive services age 7-21. These categories are included below with links to the Minnesota Department of Education web site for more information:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Blind/Visual Impairment
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Developmental Cognitive Disability
- Emotional or Behavioral Disorder
- Other Health Disability
- Physical Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Severely Multiply Impaired
Procedural Safeguards, or Parent’s Rights information, for parents of students eligible for special education services are available here.
ISD 518 Special Programs
117 11th Ave. Worthington, MN 56187
Main Office: 507-372-2983
Director of Special Education
Special Education Assistant Director
SEAT Team Secretary