The special education department at St. Anthony Park Elementary School consists of two licensed teachers, a speech/language educational pathologist, an occupational therapist, a school nurse, and a school social worker.
To gain access to Special Education Programs and Support Services, children must first be evaluated by a Child Study Team which consists of the above individuals. Teachers or parents can initiate an evaluation. After appropriate interventions have been completed by the classroom teacher, permission for assessment will be obtained from the parents.
After the assessment, a meeting will be called with the parents to discuss what the team has learned and to determine whether Special Education services are appropriate for the child. Parents are an essential part of every assessment and are directly involved in all decisions regarding their child. If the child meets state and federal criteria, the parents and staff will develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with services to best meet the student's needs.