Since the mid 1970's, students with disabilities all across America, including those enrolled in the Turner School District, have been given a promise by the U.S. Congress that they will:
- Have full access to a free appropriate public education;
- be protected from discrimination;
- have available resources so that educational progress is made;
- be prepared to lead independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible.
Special education in the Turner School District is seen as specially and individually designed instruction so that students make continuous progress in school. Special education should not be seen as a place within our schools, but rather the educational services provided in the least restrictive environment. Although not every student can be successfully educated in the general education classroom, it is our intent to place and serve students identified as needing special education with age appropriate peers whenever possible. We refer to this as responsible inclusion that requires input from all members of the Individual Education Team (IEP) , including parents, so that thorough and creative decision-making leads to effective decisions at each and every IEP meeting.
The Turner School District's Special Services Office also has made a promise that we believe you should have access to information needed to make good IEP decisions. Please be assured we will answer each question thoroughly or if needed, find someone who can answer the question for you. We invite you to contact the Special Services Office at (913) 288-4141. If the Director of Special Services is not personally available when you call, please feel free to leave a message on the secure voice message system.