Special Education

  • EWSD strives for excellence in equity, safe and respectful learning environments, and student achievement. Special education is one of many programs within EWSD that supports students with disabilities to achieve their goals.

    Special Education is clearly defined through both Federal and State rules and regulations. All EWSD schools comply with these rules and regulations. Special education programs across EWSD are designed to meet the needs of individual children through a team process. In order to ask specific questions about special education services, please contact your child's teacher or principal.

    Students receiving services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) have been identified as being in need of specially designed instruction and related services to address their unique educational needs.  Eligibility for services is defined by both federal and state regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

    A few important facts:

    Special Education entitles eligible children to a free appropriate public education beginning   as early as the child’s third birthday and may be provided up through 21 years of age.

    An individualized education program (IEP) is designed for students eligible for special education to provide a free and appropriate public education  without charge to the parent or student.

    Students are eligible for special education services who are determined eligible under state regulations. These regulations can be found at the Vermont Department of Education Special Education Regulations page.

    Parent rights are a critical part of the special education process.  It is important that parents fully review their rights and ask questions if they have them. Vermont parental rights can be found HERE.