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Student Eligibility

Students with Disabilities
Special Education services are provided to eligible students age 3 through 15 by Patton School District
133 and, in some cases, Exceptional Children Have Opportunities (ECHO).

The district utilizes Multi-System of Support (MTSS) to identify students in need of support and
assistance. These supports can be academic, behavioral, or social/emotional in nature. Students who
continue to exhibit learning or behavioral difficulties in spite of interventions may be referred for further
evaluation. Evaluations are conducted by the IEP team which includes the parent, general education
teacher, special education teacher and administrator. Other specialists that may conduct evaluations
include School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Speech Language Pathologist, School Nurse,
Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist. Eligibility for special education requires the following:

The student demonstrates an IDEA recognized disability.
That disability has an adverse effect on the student’s educational performance.
Special education services are required to address the adverse effect.

If a student is deemed eligible for special education, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is created.
Students who qualify for an IEP whose needs cannot be met in District 133, may attend an ECHO
program or receive services through them at no cost to families.

Students with a disability who do not qualify for an individualized education program, as required by the
federal Individuals with Disables Education Act may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This would be if the child has a physical or mental impairment that
substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or
is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.

IEP and/or 504 plans are shared with all staff working with the student to ensure that everyone is aware
of all needs to be met.

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