Department of Exceptional Learners

Vision and Purpose

Lawrence Township offers a free, appropriate, public education for all students in the least restrictive environment. 

If there are concerns related to behavioral or academic performance of a student, a request for an educational evaluation may be appropriate.   Ask your child's teacher for more information on special education services.

The Department of Exceptional Learners assists students in receiving the resources they need to be successful in school. These resources include implementation of the use of research based practices that are individualized, appropriate, legally compliant and fiscally sound. These resources and interventions meet the student's social and instructional needs and will positively support and guide the student for successful transition from preschool services at age 3, through post high school services at age 22.

The Department of Exceptional Learners promotes the integration of students with disabilities into the district initiatives of the project approach, response to instruction and cultural competency. Every student has accessible schools, educational supports and services including assistive technology to enable the students, their parents and staff to become positive advocates in developing an appropriate educational plan.

As the parent of a child who has or may have a disability, you have certain rights (also called procedural safeguards) under federal and state laws. These are listed on Notice of Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights in Special Education available below:
  Physical Restraint And Seclusion Guidelines
A priority of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township is to create a safe and orderly environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The effort to maintain this environment is an expectation of all school employees.

Contact Information

For more information: Karen Niemeier, Director of Exceptional Learners, 317-423-8430