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.
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/guardians will be involved in all planning activities related to the education of their child with a disability.