Special education services are offered throughout the Sauk Rapids-Rice (SRR) School District as part of Benton-Stearns Education District (BSED). Once a child has been referred for special education services and has qualified under one of the categorical disability areas, they are eligible to receive services based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). This process begins with your student’s teacher.
What is Special Education?
Special education is instruction, specific to the child, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. It is important to note: Students with disabilities are general education students first. They receive special education support services in conjunction with the general education curriculum. Special education is an instructional service, not a place.
Special education services must be reasonably calculated to allow the student to benefit from instruction. If the student is receiving benefit from the special education services, the student will progress at his/her own individual rate. A student who has a disability will always have the disability and would not be expected to progress in all areas at the same rate as his/her regular education peers.
Special Education is Not
- Tutoring in regular education courses.
- An assurance that students will pass regular classes.
- Special education is not a cure. It assists in removing barriers caused by the disability but does not remove the disability.
- Rehabilitation for a physical disability.
Special Education (Minnesota Department of Education)
Qualifying for Special Education
For new families moving into the district, please be sure to inform the school of your child’s special education status so the school team can assist with providing adequate services.
If you have a child in our district and feel they may be in need of special education services, please work with your child’s homeroom/classroom teacher to learn more about the referral process.
For information on services available, please contact Sandra Haller, Special Education Coordinator at 320-253-5257.
Section 504 Complaint Procedure
Request for Special Education Evaluation for Home Schooled or Private School Students
Preschool Special Education Resources (helpmegrowmn.org) Referral source for children birth to age 5.
Special Education Coordinator
Executive Director, Benton Stearns Education District