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  • Dear students, parents, staff and community members;

    Welcome to the 22-23 school year! As we continue to grapple with the global pandemic rest assured that we are focused on the teaching and learning process for each and every student! This year we will be working with our general education colleagues on an Accelerated Learning Framework that brings the grade level curriculum to each child with the appropriate scaffolding necessary to insure success. This will require a concerted effort to understand each student’s strengths, needs and unfinished learning resulting from the disruptive nature of the pandemic. We will also continue our focus on social and emotional learning so we can bring the Wilton Portrait of the Graduate alive for each and every student.

    We are welcoming many new students and their families to Wilton. We will work together to welcome them, get to know them, and show them what a wonderful decision they made when they chose Wilton and the Wilton Public Schools as their new home.

    We also are continuing our partnerships with Wilton’s Special Education PTA and SPEDNET Wilton and will be partnering to provide many timely and powerful presentations throughout the year.

    I hope that each of you are excited about the new year and will partner with us to make this year the best year ever! Together we can accomplish great things!!

    Sincerely,
    Andrea Leonardi, Assistant Superintendent

     

Special Education

All children with disabilities have the right to a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE).  This right is guaranteed by state and federal law.  The Wilton Public Schools provide a continuum of services to students with disabilities.  Services exist on a broad continuum including, but not limited to: limited special education within general education classrooms; special education interwoven with general education in classes that are “co-taught” by a general education teacher and a special education teachers; pull-out services for intensive skill development; self-contained special education classes, homebound/hospitalized instruction, specialized schools; and beyond.  

The Wilton Public Schools also offer a variety of “related” services to assist qualified students in benefiting from their special education program. These may include, but are not limited to speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, specialized transportation, nursing, medical services, adaptive physical education, etc. Eligibility for special education and related services is determined by a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) consisting of district professional staff members and the child’s parent(s)/guardians.  Parents and/or teachers who are concerned that a student may have a learning problem caused by a disability should notify the principal, who will convene a Planning and Placement Team meeting.  

In order to qualify for accommodations and/or services, a student must have a disability requiring specialized instruction under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or be eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  For an eligible student, a written plan will be developed outlining the services the team believes are necessary for the student t o benefit from education.  These services must be provided in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE) possible. Federal law defines “LRE” to mean, “to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are education with children wo ar not disabled, and that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular education environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.”