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Special Education Department Inclusion


The Pentucket Regional School District educates students identified as having a disability in the general education classroom. According to the state laws, children with disabilities have the right to learn in the least restrictive environment. Inclusion is a familiar term used throughout Massachusetts. It is based upon the idea that outside the school setting, people must interact with others. They must learn to work with and accept people who are not like themselves. Just as adults must learn to interact with one another, children must also begin to accept diverse environments. An inclusion classroom is committed to treating all children equally. Rather than moving the child with disabilities from his or her familiar learning environment for services, the support would be serviced in the classroom. The classroom teacher, the professionals involved in the child's services, and the parents, would all be involved in creating a pleasant atmosphere to best meet the needs of the child.