Special Education

Special Education Staff

K - 6th Intense Resource Room
Sandy Milner

K - 4th Resource
Jammie North

5th - 7th Resource
Sarah Rugg

8th - 12th Resource
Renee Dingman
Tammy Kissinger

7th - 12th Intense Resource Room
Brandy Garvison

Special Education in Michigan provides a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) for all children from birth to their twenty-sixth birthday who have not received a high school diploma or completed a normal course of study.

Who Has a Disability?

A student may have a disability under the Individual with Disability Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Revised Administrative Rules if a determination is made by a multidisciplinary evaluation team that a child has a disability (as defined by IDEA and the Michigan Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education) and needs special education and related services in order to progress in the general education curriculum.  If a student is eligible for special education services an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must be developed in accordance with R300.340-350.  Services are available for eligible children from birth to their twenty-sixth birthday.

Who is Eligible for Special Education?

Eligibility for special education programs and/or services is defined by the individuals with Disabilities Act.  A team of qualified professionals and the parents, referred to as an Individualized Education Planning Team (IEPT), make the determination of eligibility after a comprehensive evaluation has been completed.   This evaluation may determine that a child qualifies for special education services under one or more disability areas.  If determined eligible for special education services, the IEPT is responsible for identifying student needs, program(s) and services.

Michigan Department of Education

Calhoun Intermediate School District