The Special Services Department operates throughout Owatonna Public Schools. We provide educational and other support services to students with specific needs who qualify for one of four programs defined in the federal law: 1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Special Education), 2) students who are learning English as their second language, (English Language Learners), 3) students at high risk of academic failure (Title I) and 4), migrant students, and immigrant students. Special Services staff assess students in order to determine eligibility for a program and to identify the specific, individual needs. Once the assessment is complete, and the student meets eligibility criteria, a program based on identified needs is designed and implemented. Two additional programs are an integral part of Special Services: The Safe and Drug Free Schools (Drug and Violence Prevention Programs).

Owatonna Public Schools offers a wide-range of Special Education Programs and Services. Each student with a disability receives educational programs and support based on their individual needs. Programs and services are provided to students and their families beginning at birth through the age of 21 or completion of a secondary education program. Special education is also available for students attending non public schools.

Special Education teachers in the district provide direct and indirect services to students in the areas of academic, emotional/behavioral, fine and gross motor, social skills, functional skills, adaptive skills, vision, deaf/hard of hearing, speech / language therapy, and vocational work skills.

The district also offers related services based on individual student need in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Developmental Adaptive Physical Education.

Special Services staff are located in every building across the district. Owatonna Public Schools are committed to an inclusive model of instruction. Students receive services along a continuum ranging from full inclusion with the students in the general education classroom, to separate classes.

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The Special Education Advisory Council provides an opportunity for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services to collaborate with and advise staff regarding district policy and decision-making.

2017-2018 Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 14th
5:30-6:30 PM, Small Group Forum at Owatonna High School


The Council:
  • Advises ISD 761 on policy and decisions affecting and/or related to special education;
  • Provides parent involvement in the program improvement process;
  • Recommends priorities to be addressed in planning; and
  • Provides parent/guardian perspectives on matters related to special education.
Any parent or guardian of a child with disabilities is welcome participate. Staff, including administrators, teachers, support staff and paraprofessionals, are also encouraged to participate.