MSAD 35 Special Services
Welcome to the MSAD 35 Special Services Website. If you have any questions regarding Special Services available, please call the Special Services Office (439-9197).
The work of the Office of Special Services is to provide an array of educational programming for students who are eligible for various programs and services as mandated by federal law and state statutes. These include services specific to:
- Special Education
- Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth
- English as a Second Language
- 504 Accommodations
- Gifted and Talented Education
Please know that information regarding public school services provided to Maine school aged children is available at www.maine.gov. Once at that website, click on the “education” thumbnail to learn more.
Special Education provides for the administration of the child find system for children with disabilities as well as for the provision of special education services required to assist students in accessing the general curriculum. MSAD 35 provides an array of special education and related services in order to program for eligible students in the least restrictive educational environments.
All determinations of eligibility are made through the Individual Education Program/IEP team process as per federal and state regulations. Determinations of eligibility are made through multidisciplinary assessment of students who are suspected to have a disability as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Act and state mandates (Maine Unified Special Education Regulations—MUSER).
Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth
The Office of Special Services recognizes the district’s responsibility to support students who may be in a situation that includes homelessness. Homeless children and youth are those who lack a fixed regular and adequate night-time residence (as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act).
Families are encouraged to call the Special Services Office to discuss ways in which the district can assist their students should a time of homelessness occur.
English as a Second Language (ESL services)
MSAD 35 provides services to students for whom English is a Second Language. These services are guided by state and local policies (LAU plan). English language Learners (ELL) who are eligible are provided with a LAU plan to support their educational experiences.
A Language Acquisition Plan (ILAP) is developed through a team of teachers who comprise the Language Acquisition Committee at each school. It is the responsibility of this committee to identify students requiring ESL services, evaluate the level(s) of need, and implement and monitor student progress specific to the acquisition of English language skills.
504 Accommodations Plans
Aligned with the Americans with Disabilities Act, MSAD 35 provides a system through which students requiring accommodations due to a disability are provided with them. Within each of our schools, administrators, teachers and other school personnel as required serve on 504 teams in order to address the needs of students with disabilities who may require accommodations in order to access learning.
Services for Students with Gifts and Talents
Students with gifts and talents are offered diverse learning experiences, extending the learning that is being presented within a given curriculum. The continuum of learning will be aligned with the district’s learning benchmarks for all students. The program provides an array of services for students who are identified with gifts and talents that rest in general intelligence as well as within specific academic areas. Students with high ability and those who present with learning needs requiring consultation between the students’ teacher(s) and the teacher for students with gifts and talents are also served through our program.
The Special Services office works closely with school principals and staff to ensure that the students of MSAD 35 are provided with quality educational services during their time in MSAD 35.