Referral and PPT

The Middletown Board of Education provides special education and pupil personnel services (e.g. speech & language, counseling, etc.) to students who are identified as special education students and students identified as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

If you suspect that your child may have a disability, you may request through a building principal a PPT (Planning and Placement Team) meeting to review your concerns. Parents or guardians are notified five (5) days in advance by mail of the PPT meeting to discuss the referral. If the PPT determines that your child needs to be evaluated, school staff will conduct the evaluations.

A multidisciplinary evaluation must be conducted to determine eligibility. Within forty (40) school days from the date of the referral, the completed evaluations are reviewed at the PPT meeting to determine eligibility. If the student is eligible, an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) is developed and implemented.

If a student qualifies, a team consisting of school staff, parents and administration is used in developing the educational plan. Parents' rights for Procedural Safeguards and Due Process under the IDEIA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act) are available at every meeting. The district maintains compliance under federal statute and regulations through the State Department of Education.

Records shall be maintained for each student from entrance into school to graduation or withdrawal. Retention of certain types of records is required by law. Access to and security of student records and requests for amendments are assured by the Connecticut General Statutes, the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and their respective regulations.

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