Special Education

“Special education” is instruction, specific to the student, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability.  Special education is an instructional service, not a place.  Specialized instruction and supports are provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan, which addresses the student’s unique needs related to his or her disability.

It is important to note that students with disabilities are general education students first.  Students receive special education services in collaboration with Arcadia‘s general education teachers and curriculum.  Students with IEPs are provided with accommodations in the classroom and modifications to the curriculum as indicated by the student’s individual needs.

Arcadia Charter School’s special education program provides a continuum of services and access to an array of services including, but not limited to:

  • specialized instruction proved by special education teachers licensed in a wide range of disabilities
  • school social work services
  • occupational therapy
  • speech/language therapy
  • developmental adapted physical education

For further information about special education services, please feel free to contact:

Lisa Malecha
Special Education Coordinator/School Social Worker

lmalecha@arcadiacharterschool.org
507-663-8806   X 203

Lee-Ann Sanborn, Ed.S.
Director of Special Education
lsanborn@aracadiacharterschool.org

Referral Process

Teachers and parents who have concerns that a student may have a disability that is interfering with academic program may make a referral for a special education evaluation.  Parents are encouraged to talk to the student’s advisor(s) if they want to discuss a referral for a special education evaluation.  That referral will be brought to the special education team for follow up and planning. Teachers may also make referrals for a special education evaluation, which may include implementing academic or behavioral interventions prior to the special education evaluation being conducted.

Special Ed Referral Form

 

Parent’s Rights in Special Education

At least one time per year, Arcadia Charter School must provide parents with a written summary their rights regarding their child who is receiving special education services.  You can access a copy of these rights by requesting them from Cindy Graff, Special Education Administrative Assistant cgraff@arcadiacharterschool.org or access here:

Parental Rights and Safeguards

Billing Medical Assistance (MA)

All Minnesota school districts and public charter schools are required to attempt to collect reimbursement for some special education services for children who are eligible for Medical Assistance or MN Care.  Examples of services that could be billed include occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, some paraprofessional services, and special transportation.  If a student is new to Arcadia Charter School, permission to bill MA will be requested.  Permission is required only once.

The Medical Assistance billing that schools submit in no way affects the benefits of the family or the individual child. A link to a Parent Information Sheet can be found below.

Parent MA Information Sheet

Special Ed. Advisory Council (SEAC)

Minnesota law (M.S. 125A.24) requires that each district establish a Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) to provide input to the district’s Board of Education and to district administration about policies and decisions that affect children and youth with disabilities. SEAC is composed of parents of children with disabilities, district special education staff and a representative from each non-public school located within the district.  Arcadia’s SEAC meets twice per year in October and April.  A link to what the purpose of SEAC is at Arcadia Charter School can be found below:

Purpose of SEAC

SEAC 2017 Presentation

SEAC 2018 Presentation

Section 504

Section 504 Rights

504 Complaint Procedure

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