Special Education in the Somerset Area School District
The school district uses screening and identification procedures so that each eligible student receives the special education and related services he or she needs at no cost to parents. In each building ongoing screening activities, including reviewing academic and health records, help identify students with diverse needs. These needs are met with appropriate interventions as part of the general education classroom. The student’s response to these interventions is measured on a weekly basis. The resulting data is used to determine if the student might have additional needs that can not be met in the general education setting. When this is the case a permission to evaluate form is mailed to the parent along with a copy of the parental due process rights. The district has sixty calendar days from the date it receives signed consent from the parent to complete a multidisciplinary team evaluation. This evaluation includes observations, performance on evaluations, performance in the classroom setting, teacher and family input. The results of the multidisciplinary assessment answer two questions: Does the student have a disability? Is the student in need of specially designed instruction through a special education program? Parents who suspect that their child may have a disability and be in need of special education services can request a multidisciplinary team evaluation at any time by writing to the principal of the school their child attends.
In order to serve the needs of students with disabilities the