“Special education” is instruction, specific to the child, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. It is important to note that students with disabilities are general education students first. They receive special education support services in collaboration with Arcadia‘s general curriculum. Special education is an instructional service, not a place. Specialized instruction and supports are providedthrough an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which addresses the student’s unique needs related to their disability.
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.
Information about MA Billing
All Minnesota school districts and public charter schools must 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.
Before we ask for your consent to bill for eligible services, we must provide you with information about your rights. See the section entitled “Written Annual Notice Relating to Third Party Billing for IEP Health Related Services” on pages 6 and 7 of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights brochure. This will provide you with detailed information before we ask for your consent to bill for IEP health related services.
Even if you have provided consent in the past or at another school, we will be asking you to renew that consent with Arcadia if your child is eligible for Medical Assistance or MN Care.