Special Education &
Every child has the right to a free, appropriate public education. The Norwich Public Schools subscribes to the concept that all students must be provided with quality instruction and opportunities for academic achievement. All members of the school district community have a shared understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements for the provision of a public school education and specifically, the requirements for the provision of special education and related services to students with disabilities who are eligible for special education. Special education is provided to a child, between the ages of three and twenty-one with an identified disability who needs a specially designed instructional program to meet his or her unique needs and to enable the child to access the general education curriculum of the school district.
Recognizing our responsibilities towards students with disabilities, the Norwich Public Schools has adopted the following statement of philosophy of special education which is the cornerstone of its programs.
- Special education is not a place, but an array of services and supports for students, staff and parents that provides students with disabilities the curriculum and learning experiences of the public school, including nonacademic and extracurricular activities, through an individualized education program which addresses the students’ needs and concerns.
- The goal of special education in Norwich is to provide each child with individualized instruction which will allow the student to compensate for his or her disability, to overcome the disability where possible, and to maximize the student’s functioning toward realization of full potential.
- Parents are valuable partners in planning, evaluating and implementing their child’s program, as well as throughout their child’s educational career. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and take part in all aspects of their child’s education.
Inclusion is a philosophy where all students are members of the general education classroom as a community.
- Students with disabilities will be seen by the general education staff as having particular obstacles to overcome and shall be helped accordingly, and students will be educated in the least restrictive environment which allows for maximum contact and participation with non-disabled peers.
- A spectrum of services offered both within and outside of the general education classroom will help bridge the learning gaps for special education students
MISSION: The mission of the Special Education Program is to individualize the instruction and support of special education students based on specific identified needs in order for them to achieve at their highest level.
VISION: To prescriptively address identified areas of academic and/or behavior deficits through the use of evidence-based practice and curriculum that focuses on closing learning gaps and preparing our students for the future.
Norwich Public Schools is committed to help develop constructive attitudes, respect and understanding towards individuals with disabilities in order to promote independence of functioning to the greatest possible degree.
In accordance with federal regulations, Norwich Public Schools assumes the responsibility for the location, identification and evaluation of all children with a disability residing in Norwich, whether or not they attend a public school.
This includes any child enrolled within the district who is suspected of having a disability including children who are:
- Age 3 - 5 (Birth to three years are located and identified by the State of CT Birth-To-Three System)
- Private School Attendees: Children enrolled in private or parochial schools by their parents
- Highly Mobile
- Migrant or Immigrant Families