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Student Services & Special Education

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

As Director of Student Services I welcome you to the Department of Student Services website. This site was developed to provide parents, students, and community members information regarding the continuum of services and resources offered by our dedicated district staff. Please take the time to browse our website and review its contents. I hope you will find it to be helpful in connecting you to some of the many services we provide for students.

Our mission is to maximize all students' learning by ensuring that every classroom is an inclusive and adaptive learning environment that meets the needs of diverse student populations. In order to fulfill our mission, we are continuously engaged in professional development and other improvement efforts aimed at providing quality services that meet the needs of students.

In our efforts to meet all students' needs, we are always working to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving the services they need to make progress in their educational program. If you or anyone you know is aware of a child between the ages of 3 and 21 who is suspected of having a disability please contact us.

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Apodaca
Director of Student Services

Child Find

SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILD FIND 

Upon request, the Sun Prairie Area School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services.  A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The District locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district. 

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made. 

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.  A referral may be made by contacting Jennifer Apodaca, Director of Student Services, at 608-834-6520, or by writing him/her at 501 South Bird St. Sun Prairie, WI 53590

The Sun Prairie Area School District  is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children.  The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find. This agency conducts the following child find activities each year: The school district has a special education screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Jennifer Apodaca, Director of Student Services, at 608-834-6520, or by writing him/her at 501 South Bird St. Sun Prairie, WI 53590

 

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Procedural Safeguards (Parental Rights)

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Parent/Guardian Local Resources and Information

The following are a few important parent resources available on the and make yourself familiar with their content.  If you have addition questions or struggle to find adequate answers to any question you may have regarding the education of your child, please feel free to contact us. 

Jennifer Apodaca

Director of Student Services

Sara Pogue

Admin. Asst.-Student Services

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