525 E Genesee St.
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Welcome to Special Services!
Our special services department is comprised of seven highly qualified instructional staff members serving over 200 students identified with disabilities. The special services staff is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that will meet the individual needs of our students with disabilities.
Feel free to navigate around the website to gain further insight and information about special education services and programming at the Frankenmuth School District.
The Frankenmuth School District provides the following services to support our students with disabilities:
- Administrative Leadership in Special Education
- Speech and Language Services
- Psycho-Educational Evaluation Services
- Counseling Services
- Teacher Consultant Services
- Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Services
- Services for the Visually Impaired
- Orientation and Mobility Services
- Early Childhood Special Education-School Based
- Early Childhood Special Education-Home Based
- Resource Room
- Work Study Services
Frequently Asked Questions
IEP stands for Individualized Educational Program. An IEP is developed by a team that includes those involved with the student’s educational progress after a student has been identified as a student with a disability and the disability has been determined to have an adverse impact on educational performance.
Students are eligible to receive special services in the state of Michigan through the age of 26 or upon graduation as long as the student has a disability as identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act and the disability has an adverse impact on educational performance. Parents and guardians may also revoke consent for services of their child at any given time.
Special education is a service provided to individualize a student’s educational plan to meet his or her current needs as identified and related to the student’s disability. Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education identifies 13 disability areas: Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Speech and Language Impairment, Early Childhood Developmental Delay, Specific Learning Disability, Severe Multiple Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Deaf-Blindness.
A caseload provider is assigned to a child with a disability to align all the services that have been written into the IEP and to help assure that the services are being provided as outlined in the IEP. The caseload provider is also a “go to” person for the parent/guardian to go to with questions.
Your child’s IEP will be updated at least annually as you will be invited to attend an IEP meeting. If changes need to take place prior to the annual review date on the IEP, please contact the caseload provider of the IEP. A reevaluation IEP occurs at least once every three years and may require additional assessment and outside information to help redetermine eligibility.
The first place to go would be to the caseload provider, then the building principal, then the special education administrator.
Saginaw County Process Model of Specific Learning Disability Eligibility
The Saginaw County model for the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities considers the full and individual evaluation as a process of data collection that includes multiple methods for assessing student performance with input from parents, teachers, instructional specialists, school psychologists, medical personnel and other pertinent parties. The purpose of the evaluation is to surround the student of concern with the best and most comprehensive information possible to make valid and appropriate recommendations as to the student’s eligibility for special education and more importantly, educationally relevant recommendations for instructional strategies, supports, and services.
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