Special Education and Special Services

DeWitt Public Schools offers traditional classrooms, looping and multi-age environments throughout the District. Multiple talents are celebrated with enrichment opportunities, competitions, and accelerated programming in a variety of areas in many of the buildings.

DeWitt Public Schools also offers many kinds of options and support for our students based on individual needs. Struggling students' needs are identified through building Student Support Teams (SST) and as a result students may be provided assistance through Intervention Supports, Section 504 or Special Education services.

Special Education

Our District provides specialized services within the framework of state and federal governing regulations. Programs range from consultative services to functional skills instruction in the Extended Resource program. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each student who qualifies for specialized services based on an evaluation and eligibility recommendation. Program information for our district may be obtained by contacting Special Education & Special Services directly at 668-3017.

Vision

DeWitt Public Schools Special Education Department's vision is to provide a systematic set of programs and services based on students' unique needs that encourage positive academic, social and emotional growth using data driven decisions and evidence based practices.

DeWitt Public Schools provides specialized services within the framework of state and federal governing regulations. Programs range from consultative services to functional skills instruction in the Extended Resource program. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each student who qualifies for specialized services based on an evaluation and eligibility recommendation. Program information for our district may be obtained by contacting the Special Education & Special Services office at 517-668-3017.

ASD Resources

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) website provides learning modules and webinars about autism and other disabilities.

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project at Grand Valley State University is the state resource center for Autism. It is funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education to provide evidence-based training, technical assistance, and resources to educators in Michigan that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Internet Modules is another resource that is a combination of video and reading/self-study on topics such as visual supports, language and communication and prompting.

Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency

Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency provides each district in our county with personnel to work with our students in the areas of speech and language, occupational and physical therapy and school social work, as well as psychological evaluations, Hearing and Visual Consultation, and Early On programming for children 0-3. CCRESA offers a range of classroom programs at their Center Program in St. Johns for students needing services beyond what is able to be provided within the general education building setting. Program information about the learning opportunities offered at the county level can be obtained by either contacting our department or CCRESA at 989-224-6831.

Personal Curriculum Resources

MI Dept. of Ed, Education Improvement & Innovation Personal Curriculum Resources has guides, updates, FAQs, and more.

MI Dept. of Ed, Educational Development Plan (EDP) Resource explains the Educational Development Plan fundamentals like who needs an EDP, why they need one and how one is developed.

Specific Learning Disabilities - Criteria for Determination of a Specific Learning Disability

Transition Programs and Resources

Clinton County Regional Educational Services Transition Resources

Guardianship Information

Help your Child Prepare for the Future

MI Rehabilitation Services

Michigan Career & Technical Institute

Parents - Helping Your Son/Daughter Achieve Self-Determination

Parent Transition Tips - Help Your Child Prepare for the Future



Special Services

Special Services are evaluated for eligible students ie. English Language Learners, Intervention supports, 504 Plans, and McKinney Vento (Homeless)Resources.

Intervention Supports

Intervention supports are provided to students needing supports with academic needs, behavioral needs or both. These supports vary in range from support provided within their general education classroom to tutorial support in a small group environment. Student Support Team meetings determine what type and specific amounts of services are needed for each individual student. Information about your child's building Student Support Team can be obtained by contacting the building Principal and/or counselor.

Section 504

Students who have or have had a disability, which interferes with learning but does not require specialized instruction beyond the general education, may qualify for a Section 504 plan that documents and insures the provision of needed accommodations within the general education classroom setting. For further information about Section 504 eligibility you may contact your building coordinator/counselor or the Director of Special Education & Services.

English Language Learners

DeWitt Public Schools works with Mid-Michigan Migrant and EL Program Consortium to support English Language Learners. The ELL program provides language development services and support to student and their families so that they are simultaneously learning English and academic content and can progress successfully through their academic career.

McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Resources

  • DeWitt Schools Homeless Coordinator, Teresa Patterson, can be reached at pattersont@dewittschools.net or 517-668-3146.
  • Clinton County RESA coordinates the McKinney-Vento Consortium services and resources for Clinton, Eaton, and Shiawassee counties. They are located in St. Johns and can be reached at 989-224-6831.
  • National Center for Homeless Education
  • Housing Services of Mid-Michigan