The Crane Exceptional Student Services department is designed to promote the interaction and cooperation of special education and regular education. Although committed to Child Find, the district strives to minimize labeling and continually address the concept of the least restrictive environment.
School-Wide Teacher Assistance Teams
Through the use of School-Wide Teacher Assistance Teams (STAT), collaboration / consultation and/or child study teams (CST), the District adheres to the standard of developing interventions in regular education before referring the student for special education consideration.
Each year, the process of writing and reviewing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is repeated. Progress made on the last IEP will be reviewed, and new goals and objectives will be set for the coming year.
Parents receive meeting notices before an IEP is going to take place and a prior written notice after the meeting to record any new changes that the IEP team has suggested. Parental input is always welcome and encouraged in implementing a child’s IEP.
Once an evaluation is complete and it is determined your child has a specific disability, you must sign a placement statement in order for your child to begin receiving special education and related services.
If you have concerns about the evaluation process, an independent evaluation may be requested. If you have any concerns about the nature or procedure of the evaluation, please call the ESS Department (928) 373-3451 and we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Input From Others
You may bring anyone you would like to any meeting with your child’s IEP team. IEP teams are required to consider the information provided by any outside source.
The team is not required to implement findings or follow recommendations, but should have all the information available in order to implement the best program for your child.
Least Restrictive Environment
Students with disabilities are to be provided with an education in the least restrictive environment possible. To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities should be educated with non-disabled students.
Special Classes or Schools
Students with disabilities who require special classes or separate schooling are placed in those environments only if the nature and severity of their disability is such that education in general classes with supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
The student should be provided with an education as close as possible to the child's home and in the school he/she would attend if he/she did not have disabilities, unless the IEP requires some other arrangement.