Special Education

  • Chisago Lakes Special Education Department will work as a cohesive team to provide individualized education for students, encourage lifelong learning, promote the acceptance of unique differences, and provide knowledge and support to staff, families, and the community. 

Special Education Program and Services

  • The Chisago Lakes School District's special education programs and services are designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of identified special needs from birth through age 21. The main purpose is to develop the mental, physical, social, and emotional abilities of children and youth to enable them to function successfully in the educational setting and make a successful transition into the adult world.


    Special education programs encourage parents to participate in making decisions regarding the individually designed educational program for their child.  Each  Individual Education Program (IEP)  is designed by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals with the parents. The team's mission is to consider the unique needs of the student in order to design an individual education program that can be provided in the least restrictive environment possible. In other words, the team strives to include the student in the mainstream of education to the greatest extent possible while providing an appropriate and positive experience.

Release of Retained Records

    According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 34CFR300.573, school districts must notify parents when the information contained in their child's special education records is no longer needed to provide public educational services to the child.  This is a public notification to parents or eligible students (students who are of legal age except where guardianship or conservatorship has been established) of Chisago Lakes ISD #2144 that the District intends to destroy all special education records, except for archival information such as name, grade, attendance records, classes attended, grades completed, and the number of years completed for its own records based upon federal law, for those students ages 26 and older.

    Parents or eligible students have the right to request a copy of these records at a reasonable copying fee.  Please contact Dave Ertl, Chisago Lakes High School Principal at 651-213-2501 if you wish to arrange for a copy.

  • Krista Nichols
    Special Education Administrative Due Process Secretary

    651-213-2050 (fax)