According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all disabled children from birth to 22 years of age must receive a free, appropriate education. This education must include special services related to the child’s specific, identified needs.
In our school district, special education is defined as a specially designed instructional program offered at no cost to the parent that will meet the needs of the disabled child. Special education may require changing regular school curriculum, teaching methods, materials, or ideas to meet the needs of the disabled child. We will also provide related services when necessary.
Schools are responsible for identification, referral, evaluation, placement, and review of all disabled children who live in the Indian Oasis-Baboquivari School District.
Anyone (a parent, teacher, doctor, school employee, or the student him/herself) can refer a child for special education. Once a referral has been made, parents are notified and an evaluation is done with their permission. These evaluations are standard-based and confidential. They must be completed within 60 days of the parent’s approval.
If a child is recommended for special services, parents must agree that services are necessary before they can begin. A meeting is scheduled with parents, school personnel, and any other applicable service providers to discuss the needs of the child and create a plan for their execution. If the child is placed in special education, services will begin within 15 school days. Indian Oasis will monitor each child for progress and will reevaluate them at least once every three years.
Services currently provided by Indian Oasis Elementary School Intermediate for exceptional students are: