Mission Statement of the Special Services Department
Special Services at Winnacunnet High School fosters an educational environment which strives to develop caring, respectful, and responsible young adults. We promote collaboration among students, staff, parents and the greater community to optimize student achievement at Winnacunnet High School and in life. We educate by acknowledging and capitalizing on each student’s learning potential and by providing tools necessary for success.
The Special Services Department is comprised of 3 “teams” which serve students with educational disabilities. At WHS, the case management system provides each student with a contact teacher who remains with them for their entire high school experience.
Child Find Program
Winnacunnet High School maintains a CHILD FIND Program. The purpose of this program is to locate, identify and evaluate any student who may have an educational disability and is in need of special education and related services. Any high school-aged students and any student aged 18-21 who has not yet received a high school diploma or its equivalent – who is suspected or known to have an educational disability – have an opportunity to be referred for evaluation. This opportunity 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 SAU 21.
The Winnacunnet Cooperative School District offers a full range of opportunities, programs, and services to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities in the least restrictive educational setting. Winnacunnet Cooperative School District ensures that every child with a disability has full access to the general curriculum with accommodations and modifications as delineated in the IEP including the provision of non-academic and extra-curricular services, vocational training, and transition services as appropriate.
Any parent who resides in the town of Hampton, Seabrook, Hampton Falls or North Hampton who has a high school aged child they suspect may have a disability – or any adult student age 18 – 21 who suspects he/she may have a disability – should contact Linda Evans at 758-9247 for further information.
New Hampshire Procedural Safeguards Handbook
Special Education, February 2016
Developed by the NH Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education