The Pelham School District is required to provide Special Education and related services to students with educational disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of2004 (IDEA) along with the New Hampshire Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities (2017). These federal and state mandates require school districts to evaluate students suspected as having educational disabilities, provide students with Individual Educational Programs (IEPs ), and provide students with specialized instruction including reading and math programs, speech and language services, occupational and physical therapy, counseling services, behavioral therapy and intervention, transition services, along with other special services. These services are to be provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE) providing access to non-disabled peers and the general education curriculum. To meet this legal mandate, the Pelham School District has developed a wide array of programming supports to meet the unique needs of children within our public schools. In addition, some student's specific needs are such that they are educated in out-ofdistrict programs due to the severity of their disabilities.
Special Services Executive Summary