Canton Public Schools - Department of Pupil Personnel Services Mission Statement
The Canton Public School System is committed to educating all students including those who meet the criteria for eligibility for special education services according to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We believe that all students should receive free and appropriate educational services which enable them to develop to their full potential through the provision of specialized instruction, related services and accommodations. We are committed to meeting individual student needs through instructional efforts that focus on federal and state expectations to educate students in their home schools, in the least restrictive environment, in order to maximize access to the general education curriculum and to non-disabled peers.
Strongly committed to the concept of inclusion, the special education service models throughout the district have been developed to support this concept. At the same time, we believe that a continuum of placement options must be maintained to meet the unique and individual needs of our students.
We are also strongly committed to educating students through collaborative partnerships among families, educators, and service providers to ensure that all students are provided with a high-quality, comprehensive and equitable education which will enable our students to become confident, respected, productive and contributing citizens of our community, higher education and the workplace.
Adopted June 6, 2012
- Barbara McLean, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
- Laura O'Donnell, Special Education Chair PreK-6, Out of District Coordinator
- Tina Murelli, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services
- Linda Vogt, Secretary, Pupil Personnel Services
- Paula Means, Secretary, Pupil Personnel Services
Parent Resources and Workshops
- A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut
- CT Framework for RTI - A Family Guide
- CT Bureau of Special Education - go to www.sde.ct.gov; in Quick Links on right, select Special Education.
- State Education Resource Center (SERC) at www.ctserc.org
- CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center - www.ct-asrc.org
- Secondary Transition (Including Building a Bridge: A Transition Manual for Students)
- The Rights of Children and Parents in Connecticut Schools Under Section 504, A.D.A.
- Early Childhood Education support
Guidelines and Reports
- 2010 Guidelines for Identifying CHILDREN with Learning Disabilities ~ September 2010
- Procedural Safeguards Notice Required Under IDEA Part B
- Parental Notification of the Laws Relating to the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools