The Mission of the Spring Lake Public Schools Special Education Department is to lead and coordinate a continuum of services that advocates for the whole child and fosters independence within the least restrictive learning environment.
Spring Lake Public Schools staff members work as educational teams in each building to ensure that all students have the assistance and accommodations needed to support learning in order to progress in the general education curriculum.
The majority of our students with disabilities are served in the general education classroom as we strive to provide our students with the most inclusive, least restrictive environment.
SLPS provides services to students with disabilities in a continuum of educational environments, from regular class placements with special education services and programs to full-day programs in center-based programs. Students receive evaluations in all suspected areas of disability. The Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines the type and degree of required services for each student.
SLPS participates in the mandated Child Find programs and provides services to private programs within our district in accordance with Federal and Michigan Education rules and regulations.
District Process for Determination of a Specific Learning Disability
Each school district in Michigan is required to publicly post the process it uses to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) for Special Education eligibility. In accordance with this requirement, SLD eligibility is evaluated using a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. The patterns of strengths and weaknesses method is based on both assessment and review of achievement scores and performance in a variety of academic areas, with documentation of patterns of strengths in one or more areas compared to other areas where the student demonstrates a pattern of significant academic weakness. For more information, please review the following:
- Spring Lake Public Schools Specific Learning Disability Determination Process
- Spring Lake Public Schools Special Education Medical Billing for Parents
Amy Kendall, Director of Special Education
Pam Massucci, Administrative Assistant