Special Education

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 is committed to providing a continuum of special education services for eligible students in our district aged 3-21 and to students who qualify for gifted services kindergarten to grade 12.  Through Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS), special education teams will provide students with educational benefits in the least restrictive environment, collaborate with related services to coordinate a high-quality plan that meets the needs of the unique student, and increase opportunities for high achievement and post-secondary success. 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Reauthorized by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in December 2004, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA-04) guides all special education practices in the United States. IDEA-04 mandates that each student identified as eligible for special education services receive a "free and appropriate public education" in the "least restrictive environment" and be afforded "due process rights" as delineated in the legislation.

Other Student Support Services



Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have concerns about my school-aged child’s progress?

  • We encourage you to reach out to your child’s school.  Your child’s teacher, the school case manager, and the principal are all important team members to look at appropriate supports and interventions.

What resources are available for my child birth-5 years of age?

  • Please visit either the link above for Infant Toddler Services or for Early Learning Opportunities to see what programs are available for your child.

We have just moved to the district and my child has an IEP.  Who do I contact?

  • Contact your building principal and they will collaborate with the school psychologist to secure a copy of the IEP.  If you have a copy of your child’s IEP, please let the front office know so they can connect you with the correct people.

What is a 504 plan?

  • 504 plan is designed to provide supports and remove barriers for a student with a disability, so the student has equal access to the general education curriculum. 504 plans are different than an Individual Education Plan (IEP) but is developed to help students be successful in school. 

What is an Emergency Safety Intervention?

  • Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI) are seclusion and restraint used when the student presents a reasonable and immediate danger of physical harm to self or others. SOURCE: Kansas State Department of Education.

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