Special Education

Mission and Beliefs

  •  We, the Farmington Public Schools, believe all students with a variety of abilities have value, can learn and are entitled to a quality education. We are here to help those students develop a dream and believe in themselves.
  • We believe all students are general education students first and some are identified as children with disabilities.
    We believe our purpose is to identify and provide services to the children with disabilities.
  • We believe in the value of the due process rights of parents and students.
  • We believe in the team process that includes the parents, the Farmington community, the schools and the students.
  • We believe in helping students reach their full potential by identifying their individual academic and health needs and developing a program that meets those needs.
  • We believe in providing a full continuum of supports and services within Farmington.
  • We believe in a data driven system to measure students’ progress.
  • We believe all students should have an opportunity to participate in mainstream experiences in a supportive environment.
  • We believe that students are self-advocates and have rights, roles and responsibilities in the success of their education, health and well being.
  • We believe in a student centered wrap-around model, emphasizing collaboration with outside services.
  • We believe the delivery of services identified on the IEP are the joint responsibility of the general education teachers and the special education teachers.
  • We believe special education students should experience a smooth transition from one grade, setting, program, building, case manager and/or community to another.
  • We believe the goals of Transition Planning are a critical and continuous component to the success of each student.
  • We believe staff development is essential for enhancing collaboration between general education and special education.
  • We believe staff needs scheduled time for ongoing collaboration on the delivery of services specific to the needs of the student.
  • We believe the Farmington School Board’s understanding and support of special education programs is critical to the success of the special education students.
  • We believe training and encouragement is essential to empower administrators’ active participation in the entire special education process.

Services

Farmington School District provides students with special needs additional assistance as mandated under the IDEA '97 Federal Law. Special education services are provided from birth to age twenty-one. Any student attending a public or private school is eligible to be evaluated by the school district. Services are provided from birth to school age for any child in the district with a disability. Call the special education office if you have questions or need more information.

Currently, students in kindergarten through 12th grade identified as exhibiting difficulty can be referred to their school's Student Assistance Team or Intervention Team by parents, teachers or administration. The team consists of the school psychologist, parent, classroom teachers and specialists. They will develop interventions to be used in the classroom to help the student. If the student continues to have difficulty and the parent agrees, a number of tests, observations and assessments will be given. If the student meets the criteria set by the Minnesota Department Education, the student is eligible for special education services. The student can receive specialized instruction based on the identified needs in the Individualized Education Program.

If you know or suspect that your child has a disability and is not yet in school, you may call (651) 463-3833 to talk with Marcia Borka, Early Childhood Coordinator.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written to meet the needs of the student, based on the comprehensive evaluation.

Costs for special services are defrayed through federal funds received for special needs students. The school district follows the state and federal guidelines when applying for special education funding. Federal law also provides for additional training of staff to keep them current on the latest advances and techniques for working with children with special needs.

Anyone wishing further information may call Sarah Kloeckl, Director of Special Services at the District Service Center (651) 463-5020.