Elementary Special Education
The Special Education Program at all three elementary buildings services students with academic, emotional and/or functional needs through the special education program. This program is designed to meet the needs of students based on their disability. There are four special education teachers and two speech & language pathologists who service students with disabilities in the elementary buildings.
Students at the elementary level receive instruction in the regular education classroom or the special education classroom based on IEP team decisions. IEP teams consider the least restrictive environment with supplementary aids and services prior to moving to a more restrictive environment.
Inclusion is considered by IEP teams for students with disabilities who can participate in the regular education classroom with appropriate supplementary aids and services. They receive instruction from the regular education teacher.
The pull-out model is available for those students whose IEP team determines direct instruction is needed in math or language arts. The special education teacher provides the direct instruction in the special education classroom. Other than these two academic subjects, students are included in the regular education setting for science, social studies and special area classes. Both the regular and special education teachers work together to maintain IEP goals and provide supplementary aids and services, along with appropriate modifications and adaptations to provide FAPE.
Students with disabilities come to the special education classroom to receive reteaching of skill deficits related to IEP goals and they may receive assistance with academic, emotional and/or functional needs. Students who require more individual assistance may have a paraprofessional assigned to them in certain classes. All decisions are made through the IEP process.
All placement and program decisions are made through the IEP process by the IEP team members. The IEP team must include a LEA representative (building principal), special education teacher, regular education teacher and the parent(s). Other members may attend the IEP team meetings as requested.