Special Education is a term that describes the flexible individual service/programs designed by ARD committees to meet the needs of children with disabilities on the campus. Following are several of the options that may be utilized:
Regular Classroom with Accommodations/Modifications
Instructional and curricular accommodations/modifications recommended by the ARD committee are implemented in the general education classroom. This enables the student to be involved and progress in the general curriculum to the maximum extent possible.
Speech and language therapy is available to all eligible students ages three through twenty-one years of age residing in the district. Through assessment and intervention, the speech-language pathologist helps students with communication disorders in the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency.
Content Mastery Program (CM)
Content Mastery is designed to support special education students in the general education classroom accessing the general curriculum. The student receives direct instruction in the general education setting. During the independent practice of the lesson cycle, the student may attend the CM center if additional help and support are needed.
Inclusion is designed to support special education students in the general education classroom accessing the general curriculum. The student receives direct instruction and special education support in the general education setting.
The resource classroom is for special education students who receive direct instruction in the areas of reading, math, and written language from the special education teacher. The special education teacher is responsible for planning instruction according to the student’s IEP.
Behavior Intervention Class (BIC)
The Behavior Intervention program is designed to serve eligible students whose behavior consistently interferes with their educational performance. This program provides a structured learning environment, a social skills curriculum and instruction, and regular contact with parents. The goal of the program is the successful return of each student to the general classroom.
Vocational Adjustment Classes (VAC)
Vocational Adjustment Classes are offered on each high school campus for students who require more support than is available in Career and Technology Education programs. Students receive instruction in skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Opportunities are offered for students to receive specific job training and to participate in off-campus work.
Learning in Functional Environments (Life Skills) The Life Skills program is a setting for a student with a intellectual disability or physical impairment and whose disability interferes with his/her performance in the general education classroom.
Homebound instruction is a service that is considered to be highly restrictive. Students on homebound are unable to interact with peers and may require to a reduced curriculum.
Homebound instruction may be extended to students who are eligible for special education instruction and, due to a medical condition, must be confined to their home for a minimum period of four weeks. In order to assist the ARD Committee in determining eligibility for the identified student for special education homebound services, information will be requested from the student’s attending physician.
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
Three, four, and five year old children with disabilities can participate in this program. The PPCD program offers a continuum of services ranging from speech services only to a full-day program based on the needs of the child. These special preschoolers receive instruction in the developmental areas of cognition, communication, motor, self-help and social/emotional.