Welcome to the Special Services Department at Owatonna Public Schools.
Please take the time to explore our department, programs, and resources.  Please contact us at (507) 444-8046 with any questions.

* Our Special Services Family Newsletter has moved to the Family Resources tab. Updated for Winter 18/19!

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 two programs defined in the federal law:

1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Special Education)
2) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Special Services staff assess students in order to determine eligibility for a program and to identify 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, 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 that focuses on building relationships and trust. Students receive services along a continuum ranging from full inclusion with the students in the general education classroom, to separate classes.
2018-19 Special Education Advisory Council Meetings

February 4, 2019 5:30-6:30pm - Owatonna Senior High School, Small Group Forum Click Here for Additional Information
November 13, 2018 5:30-6:30pm - Owatonna Senior High School, Small Group Forum

Special Education Advisory Council 

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

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 to participate. Community members, staff, including administrators, teachers, support staff and paraprofessionals, are also encouraged to attend.