Special Education Services

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District provides special education and related services to students birth to 21 who qualify under eligibility criteria established by the state of Minnesota.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

The State of Minnesota has mandated eligibility criteria for all disabilities; students must have a disability and be in need of special education to be eligible for services.  Categories or areas in which children may be placed in special education from birth to age 21 include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Deaf-Blindness (DB)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities -- Mild to Moderate (DCD-MM)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities -- Moderate/Severe Mental Impairment (DCD-MS)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Physically Impaired (PI)
  • Severe Multiply Impaired (SMI)
  • Speech or Language Impaired (SP/L)
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visually Impaired (VI)

Key principles that govern special education services are:

  • All students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education
  • Students with disabilities should be educated to the maximum extent possible with non-disabled peers.
  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP) or an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) will be written for all students with disabilities and will include information on the present level of performance, special education needs, individual goals and objectives for each student, and criteria to determine achievement of those goals and objectives.
  • Parents will be involved in all planning activities related to the education of their child with a disability.

Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

All children identified to have a disability and require special education and related services are guaranteed a FREE and APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION. ISD 877 will insure that services are provided which will allow students to achieve adequate progress.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Services to children are provided in the Least Restrictive Environment and are evaluated annually to monitor progress, develop goals and determine eligibility for services.