Special Education

The Chaplin Special Education Department strongly believes that every child can achieve!

Special Education is provided to a child, between the ages of 3 and 21 with an identified disability who needs a specially designed instructional program to meet his or her unique needs and to enable the child to access the general education curriculum. A student identified as a possible candidate for Special Education is referred to a child study team for initial intervention services.  If the student does not make progress, the child study team will refer the student to the multi-disciplinary Planning and Placement Team.

When recommended by a Planning and Placement Team, and with parental permission, certified and/or licensed professional staff members will evaluate the student to determine if the student qualifies for Special Education Services.  If the student qualifies for Special Education and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) will be developed.  Parents are valuable partners in planning, evaluating and implementing their child’s program, as well as throughout their child’s educational career. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and take part in all aspects of their child’s education.

If you believe that your child has a disability, please begin by talking to your child’s teacher.  For further information, you may also contact the Special Education Office at 860-786-6038.

Marcia McGinley, Director of Special Education

mmcginley@parishhill.org

 

Special Education Documents: 

A Parents’ Guide to Special Education:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Parents_Guide_SE.pdf

Procedural Safeguards:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DOC/Pdf/EducationProceduralSafeguardspdf.pdf?la=en

IEP Manual:  http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/iep_guide_page_by_page.pdf

Transition Bill of Rights:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Trans_Bill_of_Rights_for_Parents_of_Students_Receiving_SpEd_Services.pdf

Parent Resources:

CT Parents Advocacy Center:  http://www.cpacinc.org/

Connecticut Bureau of Special Education:  https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Bureau-of-Special-Education/Resources-for-Families