All children receiving special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a legal document that describes the child’s needs and the services to be provided by the school district that will best meet those needs. The IEP is an educational plan that:
  • Describes the child’s skills and areas of need.
  • Identifies educational goals to focus on during the year.
  • Lists the services to be provided to the student.
  • Determines the most appropriate educational placement.
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)

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If the parent and the school agree that the child has a disability and requires special education services, an Individualized Education Program will be designed to meet the child's needs. This will take place at a meeting attended by parents and the school personnel and may include others as appropriate.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed during the planning meeting if it is determined that special education is needed. The following is a partial list of what the Education Code calls for in an IEP:
  • A summary of the assessment findings, including your child's strengths as well as needs.
  • A statement of goals and objectives, which the group suggests for your child.
  • A list of specific services that will be used to find out how well the plan is working (evaluation).
  • A recommendation for placement.
  • The starting date and frequency of services.
 
Step 2 - IEP PLANNING MEETING

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Parents are invited to an IEP meeting with appropriate district staff and , if necessary,  personnel from Butte County office of Education, the SELPA and/or other agencies. Parents may also bring other persons of their own choosing. The following are some tips on how  parents can best participate:

Come Prepared. Jot down any questions you want answered or any suggestions you wish to make regarding educational objectives, health, transportation, schedules, and special information concerning your child's needs and strengths.

Do Not Be Reluctant to Ask Questions.If the professionals use such words as "20/60 vision," "50th percentile," "WISC-R," "Key Math," or any other terms you do not understand, please ask for an explanation.
 
 
LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (LRE)

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The District recognizes the importance of the least restrictive philosophy as set forth in state and federal legislation. It is our intent to implement the requirements to the maximum extent, and to ensure its application in all placement considerations. The intent clearly is to have the special student as much a part of a regular school program as possible while giving considerations to the needs of both exceptional and regular pupils.