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The Exceptional Student Services Department provides an array of supports, services and resources to students, general educators, special educators, administrators and families throughout the Dysart Unified School District. We are committed to providing comprehensive services to help meet the needs of the whole child.
The Exceptional Student Services Department is committed to partnering with parents and schools to provide programming that will foster high expectations for all children.
Exceptional Student Services
Dysart High School
Shadow Ridge HS
Willow Canyon HS
Valley Vista HS
It is the philosophy of the Exceptional Student Services Department that all children can learn. All children have the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), regardless of disability, that helps them maximize their potential. It is the policy of the Dysart Unified School District that students with disabilities:
Will be located and identified.
Will receive comprehensive evaluations which define both needs and strengths.
Will have individual educational plans designed to meet their specific needs.
Will be offered specially designed instruction based on the individual educational plan in the least restrictive environment possible.
Will have any potentially harmful effects considered prior to placement for special education services.
Will be educated to the maximum extent possible with non-disabled peers.
Will have their programs reviewed at least annually.
Will be re-evaluated or considered for re-evaluation every three years.
Special Education Services
Special education is a service not a place. Special education is provided through a continuum of services which include instruction in the general education classroom with supplementary aids and services, services integrated into the general education classroom, specialized instruction in a resource or pull out setting, instruction in a specialized classroom, instruction in a special school, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals or institutions. The removal of students with disabilities from the general educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes or in a building with non-disabled students, with the use of special education services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
DUSD provides services for students who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The areas of eligibility for persons from ages 3-21 are:
Developmental Disabilities (ages 3-10)
Specific Learning Disabilities
Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Other Health Impairment
If your child is not being successful, contact your school and discuss your concerns. Such concerns are taken to the schools Response to Intervention (RTI) team, where the team will review data and if needed will develop interventions/strategies to help your student be successful. If needed the RTI team will refer students with one of the above suspected disabilities to the school psychologist and the multidisciplinary team (MET) for further data review.
Special Education Services For Ages 3 Years to 5 Years
Dysart Unified School District offers services for children 3-5 years old who may be experiencing difficulties in the area of language, social/emotional.motor/perceptual and cognitive development. If you have questions or concerns, please call 623-876-7360.
The DUSD Preschool Program consists of 3 to 5 year-olds who are eligible for special education services. Services are offered in an inclusive cross-categorical setting with peer models. The inclusive model is delivered through a language enriched activity based program. Therapies are integrated into the daily preschool routine and are designed to meet the individual needs of every child.
Developmental Preschool programs are located at several elementary schools throughout the district. If you feel your 2 1/2 to 5 year old may be having difficulty in any area of his or her development, please call 623-876-7360 to schedule a screening appointment.
As defined by federal law, special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability [IDEA 97 300.26(a)]. Arizona Revised Statutes defines a "child with a disability" as a child who is at least three but less than twenty-two years of age, who has been evaluated and found to have a disability and who, because of the disability, needs special education and related services [ARS 15-761(2)].As defined by federal law, special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability [IDEA 97 300.26(a)]. Arizona Revised Statutes defines a "child with a disability" as a child who is at least three but less than twenty-two years of age, who has been evaluated and found to have a disability and who, because of the disability, needs special education and related services [ARS 15-761(2)].- -