Parents, however, are the only ones who, over time, continue to be a constant source of information and support for their children. This guide outlines how parents can begin and sustain a collaborative partnership with staff within the school system, whereby everyone works together for the benefit of the children.
The fundamental purpose of our public school system is to set the highest standards of educational excellence and, within this context, to empower each student to achieve his or her personal best, demonstrate good character and values, function responsibly within our system of self-government, develop intellectual curiosity, exhibit proficient skills and, thereby, build a foundation for life-long learning.
The school district’s mission for children with disabilities is to increase the academic and functional growth and achievement of all children, as indicated in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), while educating them in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to the maximum extent appropriate: children are placed in general education classes in their neighborhood schools and in extracurricular activities with their non-disabled peers, with appropriate supplementary aids and services. Inclusive settings may not be appropriate for all children at all times, however, and the full range of placement options must be kept in mind and discussed.