Special Ed evaluations for home schooled or private school students

By Michael Piersak

W-M Special Education Director

In response to the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA 2004) Minnesota School Districts must demonstrate that “all children with disabilities, including children  with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of  the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated.” This responsibility extends to children with disabilities who are educated at home or in nonpublic schools.

Upon request Watertown-Mayer School District will provide information to concerned parents of specific disabilities including information about the educational or behavioral characteristics of each disability. Parents who believe their child may indeed have a disability may request information on how to arrange for an evaluation through the district’s special education staff.

Parents of students who are evaluated and are found to be eligible for special education services will become part of a team which will develop, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of a Service Plan to meet the identified needs of their children.

If you have questions or would like to receive information about specific disabilities or evaluation, please contact the individuals listed in below.  The Watertown–Mayer School District Special Education Advisory Council, will provide upon request “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education” simply phone Kelly @ 952-955-1204.

Watertown-Mayer School District is committed to the success for all learners.

District #111 Special Education Contact Information:

• Mike Piersak,  Director of Special Education, 952-955-0207 or michael.piersak@wm.k12.mn.us

• Jan Eastvold,  Early Childhood Special Education Birth to Age 3, 952-955-0246 or jeastvold@wm.k12.mn.us

• Betsy Hodge,  Early Childhood Special Education  Age 3 years to Kindergarten, 952-9550-0256 or bhodge@wm.k12.mn.us

• Amy Voss, Special Education Services:  1st grade to age 21, 952-955-0412 or avoss@wm.k12.mn.us

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