Student and Special Services

Special education provides the opportunity for a student with a disability to learn and prepare for meaningful participation in society. Deer Creek Public Schools provides special education and related services to students with disabilities.
Professional educators with special training and expertise implement various instructional programs and assist parents in the decision-making process regarding individualized instruction for children with disabilities. Educational services are provided in the least restrictive environment in order that these children may receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Materials, supports, and specialized instruction are provided to assist children with disabilities so they may benefit from the educational program.
Deer Creek’s special education program seeks to develop policies and procedures that are in compliance with PL 108-466, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and its 2004 reauthorization, to provide a free and appropriate public education for all children with disabilities.

Programs and Services 

Deer Creek offers many programs to support students with disabilities. The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is determined by the level of support each individual student requires to receive benefit from their placement. Supports range from mild and moderate to significantly more involved supports in each of the following programs:
  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

Home Instruction

Services are provided in the home environment for:
  • Children with a disability, who are unable to attend school due to extenuating circumstances
  • Children with an illness or condition who will be absent from school at least two weeks (short-term)
  • Children with an illness or condition who will be absent from school more than 30 days (long-term)
Child Find

Children with special needs, regardless of the severity of their needs/disabilities, are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Deer Creek Schools provides specialized programming through specially trained teachers to provide education-related services.

Public schools are mandated under Public Law 108-446, "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" 2004 (IDEA), to coordinate services for children with disabilities throughout the local communities within the district boundaries.  Each district is also mandated to search and find all children with disabilities who reside within their district.  This is accomplished in a variety of ways including but not limited to: radio/TV/news paper adds and articles, posters located in libraries, hospitals, clinics, U.S. Post Offices, and apartment complexes.

Within our district boundaries there may be school-age special children, 3 to 21 years, who are not being educated by Deer Creek Schools.  The Deer Creek Special Services Department needs your help to find them.  If you have, or know of, any special child from pre-school to age 21 who is not currently enrolled in a special education program, please let us know by contacting Special Services at 348-6100.

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