Special Education Overview

Director of Special Education:  Jennifer Briggs Russell russellJ@monashores.net
Administrative Assistant:  Debra Karel kareld@monashores.net

In Michigan, programs and services are available for identified handicapped students from birth to age 26. Special Education provides specifically designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet unique educational needs of students who are found eligible under one of the areas of disability recognized under The Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. Programs and services include classroom instruction, consultation, ancillary support, and adaptive supplies and materials designed to meet the identified educational goals of students.

Mona Shores Public Schools offers a full continuum of services to identified students. A vast majority of students receive educational support in their home school with assistance from a teacher consultant, or other ancillary service provider. There are special education services available at all school buildings in our district. Students who require more support than is available at their neighborhood school may attend a program classroom at designated schools within the district or at our regional center program, Wesley School. All placement and programming decisions are made at the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting.

Mona Shores Public Schools is committed to providing quality programs for students that are designed to meet their individual needs.   The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to provide all students with an environment conducive to the development of their maximum learning potential. District policies and school handbooks have rules and regulations which are necessary to govern the conduct of students under the supervision of school personnel. All rules and regulations are published in appropriate building student handbooks

Mona Shores Public is required to publicly post the process we use to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) for special education eligibility. Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) is currently used at all grade levels, in all buildings. Please follow this link to Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) for the SLD Criteria for Identification.

See recent Newsletter article outlining our Child Find process within our kindergarten program.  The purpose of the program is to identify children who are having difficulty in their development and to provide services to them, when it is appropriate.  Read more about it here.

Section 504: 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is federal law that protects the rights of persons with disabilities.  The purpose of Section 504 is to provide equal opportunity by eliminating discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. 

Mona Shores Public Schools makes reasonable accommodations to allow eligible students an opportunity to successfully participate in school-related activities.  Contact the building principal at your school for further information.  

Food Allergies and 504:   Students with life-threatening food allergies are protected under Section 504. The school district works collaboratively with families to develop food allergy plans to meet the unique and individual needs of students with a food allergy.  

Social Security/Disability:

Mona Shores works with the Department of Human Services regarding Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for students with a disability. The goal of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income is to ensure that students with disabilities are able to maintain independence. To find out more about how to apply for benefits or the Social Security Administration's definition of disability please visit the Disability Determination Web Site.