Special Services Information
SPECIAL SUPPORT SERVICES PROVIDED
USD 480 serves the unique needs of special learners. The district provides a full range of support services. Services to students with physical, learning, and social-emotional challenges are provided assistance through general education interventions, accommodations through the 504 Requirement, and special education and related services through IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The services and supports are provided to children age three (3) through twenty-one (21).
IDENTIFYING CHILDREN NEEDING ASSISTANCE
USD 480 assumes responsibilities for identifying all students who need special education related and support services. Quarterly pre-school child find screenings are held. The public is notified of these screening through newspapers, radio and public notices. No student will have more than a 30 calendar day wait for the pre-school screening process. Within the schools, teachers utilize general education interventions and referral process called Student Intervention Teams (SIT). Regular and special education teachers and staff review a student’s profile, including Kansas State Assessments, MAP testing and other evidenced based assessment to determine who may need to enter into SIT. Professional Learning is provided to regular education teachers annually to educate and encourage the identification of children who may need programs and supports. Parents may request their child be evaluated through the SIT process to determine special services and supports their child may need. The district provides special education and related services to students who show a need through the intervention programs in all 13 categories identified by IDEA 2004 plus giftedness. For more information please contact your child’s principal or the Education Service Center (ESC) at 620-604-2400.
SPECIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS
USD 480 provides a full continuum of special services for identified students. These programs vary widely in the kinds and intensity. Specifically, the district provides special education and related services to students with the following challenges:
- Developmental Delay
- Early Childhood
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impaired
- Learning Disability
- Mental Retardation
- Other Health Impaired
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Severe Multiple Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
RELATED AND SUPPORT SERVICES
The district provides the following support and related services to these students to assist them in accessing and progressing in their educational programs:
- Speech and Language
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Audiology Services
- Behavior Support Services
- Assistive Technology
- Vocational Assessment
- Work Study
HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES
Students are referred by building intervention teams, parents, and child-find activities. Parents are advised of due process and confidentiality procedures that are provided. Permission is obtained for the individual comprehensive evaluation. Students must qualify for the special program and service based upon evaluation results, need must first be determined based upon the interventions attempted in the regular classroom through the SIT process. Students must qualify and have need for services. When both of these have been satisfied, an individual education plan is developed by the parents, the teachers based on the needs of the child. The special program is implemented when parents give final permission. Parents receive progress reports every nine weeks related to the progress the child is making toward meeting the individual objectives.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR SPECIAL SERVICES BUT HAVE NEEDS
Many students do not qualify for special education programs and related services but have medical, physical, psychological, or learning problems that do interfere with their education. When medical or psychological documentation is received, and students’ needs are documented through the SIT process, the intervention teams will develop a 504 Accommodation Plan. These plans are reviewed regularly and rewritten each year.
WHO PROVIDES THESE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES?
USD 480 employs specially trained certified staff members to provide the special education and related services to the students in the district. In addition, special education paraprofessionals assist in the implementation of these special programs. This specially trained staff works in the schools along side of the regular education teachers, counselors and administrators in the district to provide needed special services.
WHERE ARE THESE SERVICES PROVIDED?
Special education programs are offered in the buildings where the child attends, if at all possible and appropriate. USD 480 works to provide special education programs and services in the least restrictive environment for each student. Student needs will be examined as an individual to determine what best meets the needs of the student. It is critical for students that participate in State Assessment Testing: General, General with accommodations, and the newest test the Dynamic Learning Maps, DLM. Data from both the KCA test and our district data tool, currently MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) will help in determining the planning of each individual child IEP (Individual Education Plan).
When students reach age 14 transition goal(s) and a plan of study is required for post-graduation. When students reach age 16 many are transitioned and trained in vocational skills either at the high school, vocational school or in the community at work sites. Preschool children may receive special services in their home, private or public preschools or in the district preschool program at Washington Elementary School.
The district also provides special services to school age students who are enrolled in private schools; however, it does not service children who are home-schooled.
The district cooperates and works closely with state and community agencies such as physicians, Southwest Guidance Center, Social Rehabilitation Services, County Health, Adolescent Support, Tri-Agency, JCAP, KU Medical Center, Kansas Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Kansas Crippled Children, Children’s Miracle Network, PACT ,and many more. Parent Release of Information is always obtained before interagency communication can occur.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Vicki L. Adams
USD 480 District Office
7 Parkway Blvd.
Liberal, KS 67901