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The office of Special Services for RSU #71 is housed at the Superintendent's Office at 6A Lions Way, Belfast, ME.  The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  


The following personnel can be reached by calling 338-9856.

Director of Special Services Michele Philbrick

Administrative Assistant Sally Cousins


The Elementary Coordinator, Amanda Knowlton can be reached at 338-3510 ext 345.  She covers the following Elementary Schools:

Ames   Elementary School, grades 2-5                       Captain Albert Stevens School, grades K-5

165 New England Road                                                 31 Elementary Ave.

Searsmont, ME 04973                                                   Belfast, ME 04915


East Belfast School, grades K-5                                  Gladys Weymouth Elementary School, grades K-1

14 Swan Lake Ave.                                                        2 South Main Street

Belfast, ME 04915                                                         Morrill, ME 04952

 

Kermit Nickerson Elementary School, grades K-5

18 Town House Road

Swanville, ME 04915


The Middle School  Coordinator, Leslie Gajdukow can be reach at 338-3320 ext 309.  

Troy Howard Middle School, grades 8-8                        

173 Lincolnville Ave.                                                        

Belfast, ME 04915        

The High School Coordinator, Rachel Greeley, can be reached at 338-1790 ext 100.

Belfast Area High School

98 Waldo Ave

Beflast, ME  04915

RSU #71

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SECTION 504 CHILD FIND NOTICE

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RSU #71 has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the District who qualifies for Special Education services or any child attending the public schools who may require Section 504 accommodations or services.


Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, visual impairment, or developmental delay and who, because of such an impairment, need special education services.

Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services or 504 accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child's teacher, or call the Director of Special Special Services, Michele Philbrick at 338-9856.

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SECTION 504 CHILD FIND NOTICE:

https://docs.google.com/a/rsu71.org/document/d/1ktCjXHCMW_DE2IjZ4ujKSagxG5gkP442_FxJIHp52YA/edit?usp=sharing


PARENT CONSENT FOR ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF CERTAIN SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS


STATE REGULATION: CHAPTER 101/MUSER:

http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/laws/index.html

PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS:

http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/laws/proceduralsafeguards/english.pdf


COMPANION DOCUMENT TO MAINE'S PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CfusduuZPAolpNfRQp6KC5X6zQTjPxZzuthg-1m2mCo/edit?usp=sharing


PARENT-FRIENDLY PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS:

http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/laws/proceduralsafeguards/


FERPA FOR PARENTS OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS:

http://familypolicy.ed.gov/ferpa-parents-students


504 PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS

https://docs.google.com/a/rsu71.org/document/d/1ihaLrxoQzHWA9BH7HbO26DhSCH1EsCwFztsrImXPM34/edit?usp=sharing


COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/LITERCY:

http://www.maine.gov/doe/ela/standards/commoncore/index.html


COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR MATHEMATICS:

http://www.maine.gov/doe/math/standards/ccssm/index.html


Kids deserve a healthy start:   
The Connecting Kids to Coverage Project helps families with the MaineCare application process - free of chargeThis project is funded by the federal government and includes local partners at non-profit organizations around the state. 
With MaineCare, kids can get well-child visits, dental exams, prescriptions, vaccinations, vision tests, some school-based services, and other medical care. And as you well know, healthy kids do better in school.