Special Services

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!

Do you have positive stories related to this most extraordinary re-opening of school?

Email them to:
Rachel Borge at 
rborge@sau81.org 
or
Hudson's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee at SEPAC03051@gmail.com.  

We would love to hear from you!


Have you experienced challenges or concerns?  Do not hesitate to reach out to your school's Special Services Department.  We want to help our students and families through these unique times.


WHAT IS SPECIAL SERVICES?


The Special Services Department in Hudson New Hampshire provides quality specially designed instruction to students who require special education, are age 3 through 21 and have not yet received a regular high school diploma. 

The Hudson School District (SAU #81) has a legal responsibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to locate and identify all children who may have an educational disability within the geographic boundaries of Hudson, NH. Any person may refer for evaluation of a child between the ages of 2.5 and 21.  To discuss a referral with a representative of the school, please contact your child's teacher, school counselor or Special Services Office.  Parent(s)
of students in grades K-12 who attend private schools outside the
geographical boundaries of Hudson are encouraged to contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for evaluation. For children who attend the Presentation of Mary Academy, please contact the principal or assistant at PMA to initiate a referral.

School teams are charged to work hand in hand with parents to determine if students are in need of special education services and if so to determine what services may be required to facilitate student progress within the general curriculum. 
It is a federal requirement that that to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated alongside their non-disabled peers.   Teams work together to develop appropriate Individualized Education Plans to be implemented in the Least Restrictive Environment in accordance with IDEA and the New Hampshire Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities. 

Some students with disabilities require accommodations under section 504.  Under this provision, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.   The question of whether a student requires an accommodation plan under section 504 is determined on a case-by-case basis in the context of a 504 team.  504 processes are managed through your child's School Counseling Office.

The Special Services Department also oversees implementation of the provisions prescribed under the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  This act is federal legislation supporting educational stability for children who are experiencing homelessness. 

If you suspect that your child may be in need of any of these services, please reach out to your child’s teacher, school counselor or the Special Services office at his or her school.



 

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