School Board Policy 608 -
Instructional Services - Special Education

Adopted: september 8, 1997
REVISED: november 8, 2010
Revised: July 12, 2021
Revised: June 12, 2023

I. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the position of the School Board on the need to provide special educational services to some students in the school district.

II. General Statement of Policy 

The School Board recognizes that some students need special education, and further recognizes the importance of providing a free appropriate public education and delivery system for students in need of special education.

III. Responsibilities 

A. The School Board accepts the responsibility to identify, evaluate and provide special instruction and related services for children with disabilities who are properly the responsibility of the school district and who meet the criteria to qualify for special education and related services as set forth in Minnesota and federal law.

B. The school district shall ensure that all children with disabilities are provided the special instruction and services which are appropriate to their educational needs.

C. When such services require or result from interagency cooperation, the school district shall participate in such interagency activities in compliance with applicable federal and state law.

Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. § 124D.03 (Enrollment Options Program)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.02 (Child with a Disability Defined)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.027 (Rulemaking)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.03 (Special Instruction for Children with a Disability)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.08 (Individualized Education Programs)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.15 (Placement in Another District; Responsibility)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.29 (Responsibilities of County Boards and School Boards)
20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

Cross References: 
WBLASB Policy 402 (Disability Nondiscrimination)
WBLASB Policy 508 (Extended School Year for Certain Students with Individual Education Plans)
WBLASB Policy 509 (Enrollment of Nonresident Students)
WBLASB Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)