Welcome to Kent County Public Schools Special Education Department’s
website. This website is designed to provide information and resources
to parents, students and instructional personnel. If you have comments
or suggestions regarding the Special Education Department’s website,
please contact the Office of Special Education at 410-778-7164.
Philosophy and Goals
The Kent County Board of Education provides varied educational
opportunities for all students. Special Education programs and services
are in place to provide specifically designed instruction for students
who are identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.05.01.3B as
having a disability that impacts their ability to make progress in the
general education curriculum without support and services.
Kent County Public Schools shall:
Provide ongoing "child find" services, in compliance with federal and
state regulations, designed to identify students from birth to age
twenty-one who have a disability and are in need of special education
and related services.
Provide a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) in the Least
Restrictive Environment (LRE) for all students with disabilities who are
identified under IDEA, in compliance with federal and state regulations
Ensure the development and implementation of an Individualized
Education Program (IEP), based upon assessed needs, for each student who
is identified as having a disability and who is need of special
education and related services. The IEP shall be reasonably designed to
ensure some progress in the educational program.
Ensure that all due process procedures are in place and that the
confidentiality of information is in compliance with federal and state
Ensure that there are procedures in place for students who are
parentally placed in non-public schools, as required by federal and
Ensure that interagency requirements are in compliance with federal and state regulations.
Ensure that procedures dealing with data collection and accountability
and evaluation of special education programs and services are in
compliance with federal and state regulations.
Provide ongoing staff development to enhance the instructional skills
of special and general educators, as required by federal and state