The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), guarantees certain fundamental rights to all children with disabilities. IDEA mandates that all children with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
Annie Payne is the Director of Special Education for the Enterprise Elementary School District, and she is the 504 Coordinator. The District provides a variety of programs and services for pupils identified by an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team as requiring special education services. These include specialized academic instruction in a Resource Specialist Program or Special Day Class, as well as speech and language therapy and other related services. The GREAT Partnership and Shasta County Office of Education operate additional special educational programs for students with needs beyond the scope of the District's programs.
These programs and related services are provided at no cost to the parent. Students receiving special education and related services are educated with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. They participate, as appropriate, in all school programs and general education activities as determined by the IEP team.
Students receive special education instruction and services according to their specific needs. Placement in special education programs is considered only after the resources of the general education program have been utilized.
Referrals for consideration of need for special education services are encouraged from parents, teachers, private schools, community agencies, and any individual within the community who suspects that a child has a disability which might adversely impact his/her educational performance. Any person wishing to make a special education referral should contact the child's district of residence.