The Connecticut Department of Education’s “Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut” (2007) refers to special education as services provided to a child with an identified disability who requires specially designed instruction to meet his/her unique needs. These services also enable the child to access the general curriculum of the school district. A child who is eligible for special education services is entitled through the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). FAPE refers to the appropriateness of educational services provided to students with disabilities and the determination whether or not these services are equal to those services provided to non-disabled students. The interpretation of FAPE differs from student to student because each student has unique needs.
Each local educational authority (LEA) is mandated to the following:
- Comply with the procedural requirements of IDEA
- Address the child’s unique needs as identified through evaluations, observation, and the child’s educational team
- Coordinate services and specially designed instruction to ensure the child is able to make adequate progress in the educational setting. Specially designed instruction may include:
- Individual instruction, as outlined in the student’s IEP/Individualized Education Plan, developed collaboratively by the planning and placement team (PPT).
- Related services, which are those services that are required in order for a child to benefit from special education, may include but not limited to, psychological and counseling services, speech and language services, audiological services, guidance, social work, transportation, physical and occupational therapy and medical services that are required for diagnostic or evaluation purposes.
Connecticut State Agency Resources
Department of Developmental Services
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)
CT 211 Benefits Navigatorprovides a screening tool to help you find what supports you may be eligible to receive.
The Litchfield Public Schools are committed to safe and friendly environments for all students. The administrators and staff embrace a philosophy "If it's Mean, Intervene!" knowing that, despite our programming, sometimes mean behaviors do occur within our school communities. We recognize it is important to correct these behaviors even when they do not fit the State of Connecticut's much stricter definition of bullying. Mean behaviors which go unchecked, and which clearly violate our provisions for a safe school climate, may ultimately damage the perpetrator, the victim, and the bystander. Below you will find a detail of the Safe School Climate Plan approved by the Board of Education. In addition, you may be interested in these following important documents, the first two of which can help you discuss Bullying or Sexual Harassment in family-friendly terms with your children.
Safe School Climate Plan (PDF)
Providing information about sexual Harassment is intended to help us work together to both protect our children and to introduce the subject of sexual Harassment to our children in an age-appropriate way. It is our legal obligation as a school district to educate our students on the definition, types, effects, and protections against sexual harassment. The brochure attached below is designed to help you discuss the topic with your children.
Sexual Harassment in Schools: A Parent's Guide
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Julie G. Haggard
Director of Pupil Services
Pupil Services Assistant