SAU's Special Education

Special Education

Special Ed
Newport School District ensures that all children who have disabilities, from 2.5 to age 21, who reside in the District, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. This applies to all children with disabilities, including highly mobile children (such as migrant and homeless children), children placed in homes for children, health care facilities, or state institutions, and children who are suspected of being eligible under IDEA, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. In addition, this applies to those children attending approved, non-public private schools within the geographic boundaries of the District.

Referrals may be initiated in a variety of ways. Each school employs a Special Education Coordinator.  The middle high school coordinator may be contacted at (603)865-9609. The elementary school and preschool services coordinator may be contacted at (603)865-9440.  For children who attend the Newport Public Schools, building principals, special education coordinators, or classroom teachers may be contacted by anyone wishing to initiate a referral for special services. Students in grades K-12 who attend private schools outside the geographical boundaries of Newport should contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for evaluation.

Referrals may be made for reasons including, but not limited to the following:

  • Failing to pass a hearing or vision screening;
  • Unsatisfactory performance on group achievement test or accountability measures;
  • Receiving multiple academic and/or behavioral warnings or suspensions/ expulsions from a child care or after school program; and
  • Repeatedly failing one or more subjects.
  • Inability to progress or participate in developmentally appropriate preschool activities; and
  • Receiving services from family centered early supports and services.
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