Students identified with one of 13 DESE disability categories may qualify for an Individualized Education Plans. An IEP or Individualized Education Plan outlines and describes special education services, supports and specialized instruction necessary for a student with a disability to be successful. Each student’s IEP is developed by an IEP team and is created to support individual student needs. A student may be referred by a student support team and/or a parent. If you have concerns about your child please contact your child’s school or you can contact the Special Education Department directly by calling 978-740-1249 or emailing Lisa Perry-Calderan: LPerry-Calderan@salemk12.org.
A 504 plan is a different type of plan to support students with disabilities. 504 plans are not part of special education but, they do provide accommodations and modifications for students in the classroom. Section 504 is covered by different laws, but the goal is similar to an IEP to support student success and to remove barriers for students with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the precursor of ADA) protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities, including schools, that receive federal funds. Please contact Jennifer Doucette-Ly, District 504 Coordinator at JDoucette-Ly@salemk12.org or (978)740-1248.