Special Education Supports and Services
Des Moines Schools is committed to providing a full continuum of quality educational services for students with disabilities in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities of Act (IDEA). General and special education teachers work collaboratively to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all students. Special education supports and services are provided to ensure academic, social, emotional, behavioral, adaptive, and physical needs of all students with disabilities are met. These supports and services are memorialized in the Individual Education Program or Plan (IEP).
Priority is placed on serving students with disabilities in the general education setting, being taught alongside their general education peers. In fact, the vast majority of our students are served in their home schools. In less common cases, the IEP team may determine that alternative instruction or an alternative placement may be required to meet the needs of the individual student. The student’s parent or guardian is an essential member of that team.
If you suspect your child may have a disability or have concerns related to your child’s IEP please contact your child’s teacher, school’s principal or call the special education office at 242-7714.