Special Education Services
Special Education services provided to a student will be presented in the IEP. Some of the possibilities of services available to our students are the following:
Resource Room Tutorial
We currently have three rooms where students can be tutored. Here students can work on organizational skills, academic skills, social skills, etc as determined by the student's IEP. Our tutoring groups are usually no larger than three students so that the needs of each individual can be addressed.
For students whose needs can be met through more individually-paced instruction, classes in the Resource Room are held on a small-group basis. Here, students can earn academic credits in specific subjects when the regular classroom setting is not appropriate for the student's needs.
The Community Exploration Program helps our students to enhance their daily living and vocational skills. Through such activities as shopping, budgeting and providing community service, students have the opportunity to learn through the practical application of skills. There are usually three to four students each year whose needs are met by enrollment in this program.
Paraprofessionals are assigned to some of the classes to help implement classroom modifications for the students. The role of these paraprofessionals might include taking notes and helping to maintain a class notebook, reading tests/quizzes to students, providing individual assistance to reinforce concepts, etc. Some students are assigned individual support with a paraprofessional in specific classes in order to help that particular student with specific needs as determined by the IEP.
For students who learn best through real-life work experiences, the Career Preparation Program offers students the opportunity to work at a job and earn school credit. Placement in this program is monitored by the career prep coordinator who will maintain regular contact with the employer to ensure the continuing growth of the student's skills.
Students who are receiving special education services must be reevaluated at least once every three years. This process, explained in detail in the Evaluation section, provides updated information on a student's skills and aptitude.
In order to aid students in exploring post-secondary options, vocational assessments are available. These assessments are done with each student's three-year evaluation, or may be requested other times. Results of vocational assessments will help students and Teams to make appropriate decisions for career planning.
Our case managers work with teachers, students administration, and parents to help foster a supportive network. At the beginning of each school year, our case managers meet with teachers individually to discuss the needs of our students. Every two weeks, teachers complete biweekly progress reports which given to the students and parents. Teachers are encouraged to see us for help with any of our students. Parents may call us with questions about specific classes, and we will then consult with the teacher to find out the information.
Students may need the services of specialists in our district to provide such services as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or counseling. These services will then be included in the student's plan and arrangements will be made for the implementation of the services.
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Students who are serviced through a 504 Plan receive necessary accommodations which ensure access to the high school setting. These accommodations address the student's disability.
504 Pans are developed by a team which may consist of the student with a disability, the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), the student's teacher(s), the student's counselor, and the 504 case manager. The student's disability and corresponding need for reasonable accommodations are identified and documented in the plan. Likewise, the plan delineates the specific accommodations, which will be implemented by the school. These plans are then given to the teachers and support staff who are asked to implement appropriate parts. 504 Plans are reviewed at least annually to ensure that they continue to meet the student's needs.
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A studen'ts IEP, Individual Education Plan, contains several components to addess the needs of the student. The following is a brief summary of the various parts which form the Individual Education Plan for the student.
The Face Page contains identifying information about the student in terms of parents' names, addresses,birthdates, phone numbers, and evaluation date.
The Present Level of Performance states the student's strengths as well as the impact the disability has on school performance. This page may also contain the results of recent testing.
The Transition Plan lists a coordinated set of activities which will help the student achieve postsecondary goals. The student's vision statements for future employment, education, community participation, and daily living skills are written along with activities to help the student achieve his/her goals.
Another page will state the Accommodations and Modifications needed to address the student's handicapping condition. These include the accommodations and modifications that students need in the school setting and classroom setting.
Goals and objectives will be written to address the specific skills the student will be learning during the course of the year.
The Least Restrictive Environment Page will document that the student is educated with his peers in as least of a restrictive environment as appropriate for the student's needs. This ensures that all Teams consider having the needs of the student met within the environment of the regular classroom as appropriate.
The Program Page will list the hours of services the student will receive from special education and from regular education. Related services including counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy etc. are also noted on this to give an overview of the student's program.
The Signature Page will note the names and signatures of team members including parents, administration, student, teacher, specialists, etc.
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