El Monte Special Education Rules and Procedures are put into place to protect the interests of special education students who typically rely upon public education to make their way in the world. A good education ensures that these children are prepared to go to college or get a job and have the education, social strengths and emotional abilities to live as independently as possible. Rules and procedures are put into place first by the United States government and secondly by the state of California, which rules over the El Monte school districts.
These rules and procedures encompass numerous things.
- First, they state the most basic concept that all special education children are to be guaranteed a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible. This ensures that these children are not discriminated against and that they are properly prepared for the future.
- Second, rules and procedures help to determine which children are approved for special education. Children must have disabilities, either physical, mental or emotional, that keep them from being able to work in the same classroom as their peers do, even with some changes made.
- Third, El Monte special education rules and procedures delineate the age at which children are required to have special education services through the state. In general, they are required from the age of 5 through 18. However, services can begin sooner for children who are determined to be at high risk and can continue later for those who have not graduated from high school by the age of 22.
- Fourth, the rules tell individuals how the determination is made for special education services. The El Monte school district will have certain rules for determining eligibility. While the students’ grades and standardized test scores will be taken into account, the school district will also assess the emotional and mental status of the child. This is often done with the help of a licensed psychologist. The disabilities that are noted must be shown to impact the child’s education negatively.
- Finally, all special needs children are eligible for a variety of other services and help in the state of California. This could include such services as speech therapy, counseling, social worker services, interpreters and audio and visual services. If you are having trouble gaining access to any of these services for your special needs children, contact a special needs attorney from Newman, Aarsonson, Vanaman.