CSE K-12 Services

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Special Education Services are provided through the Committee on Special Education (CSE) which covers grades K-12 or through the Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Students with disabilities are provided special education services in the least restrictive environment in order to enable children with special needs to be educated with typically developing peers to the maximum extent appropriate. The following special education services are provided by the District.

Direct consultant teacher

Direct consultant teacher services are specially designed individualized or group instruction provided by a special education teacher to support a student with a disability in the regular education program. Consultant teacher services may include push in services to the student within the general education setting or co teaching services provided by the general and special education teachers.

Indirect consultant teacher

Indirect consultant teacher services consist of consultation provided by a special education teacher to regular education teachers to assist them in modifying instructional materials or methods to meet the needs of a disabled student enrolled in their classes.

Both Direct and Indirect consultant teacher services may be combined with Resource Room (below) for those students who require that level of service.

Resource Room

Resource is supportive instruction provided directly to the disabled student for the purpose of supplementing the regular or special class programs. Related services may also be provided according to the IEP. Special education staff members often pre-teach or reteach concepts to students who are struggling academically.

Related Services

Related services may be provided as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with special education services. Related services include: consults and therapy in speech, occupational, and physical therapy; counseling; blind/visually impaired services; hearing impaired services; transition services for students leaving their high school program. The Committee on Special Education determines the type, location and frequency of related services for eligible students.

Special Class program

Special class programs have a student : teacher : teaching assistant ratio of 12:1:1, with one class currently located in each building. Students in these classrooms meet the criteria for New York State Alternate Assessment and require primary instruction from a special education teacher for a particular subject or who need intensive, coordinated case management for multiple or intense needs. Social, physical and / or management needs are addressed in a special class setting. Instruction by the special education teacher may be provided in a separate special education room or in the regular classroom. Trained teaching assistants work collaboratively with both the special education teachers and general education staff.

Integrated Co-Teaching

Integrated co-teaching services means the provision of specially designed instruction and academic instruction which is provided to a group of students who represent both students with disabilities and also children developing at a "typical" pace. The District has begun to utilize this model to serve those students who may require more intensified services in order to access the general education environment.

Alternate Placement

The Warrensburg School's philosophy is to educate children in their home school. If a child has high needs that require an alternate placement program such as those offered by area BOCES those options are investigated by staff members and the parents.

Tutoring

Individualized instruction provided by a certified teacher on a limited basis as an interim program for students with medical needs or pending a more restrictive / specialized placement.

Speech-language

Speech-language therapy is available to children with communication difficulties impacting social, emotional, or educational growth. Eligibility for the program is determined by a comprehensive speech-language evaluation according to district guidelines.

Psychologist Services

School psychologists with specialized training in both psychology and education provide consultation and assistance to educators, parents and students. They perform numerous functions in the District including psycho-educational testing and assessment to identify academic skills, learning aptitudes, personality and emotional development, and social skills. They can provide counseling and prevention strategies to resolve learning, social, or behavioral difficulties. They participate in the development of learning and behavioral plans for students, and can provide professional development in such areas as teaching/learning strategies, classroom management techniques, crisis management.

Social Worker Services

The District employs a social worker in each building who plays many roles, including providing behavioral and supportive counseling to students and responding to behavioral, emotional, and community crises. They serve in the capacity of homeless liaison (see McKinney-Vento section) by supporting the educational continuity of students who lack permanent housing. They push into classes and teach character education, anti-bullying, study skills and other topics that support academics. They make referrals to students and families for social services and community services providers, and maintain care closets of gently used clothing and new school supplies for anyone in need. They serve on the positive behavioral intervention and support (PBIS) teams in each building, among other committees, and they participate in the creation of functional behavioral assessments and behavioral interventions plans for those students who require them.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is provided in the public school system to students whose gross motor skills significantly affect their educational access. Parents must obtain a doctor's prescription to obtain physical therapy services in school.

The district's physical therapist provides direct physical therapy services to students; consults with and acts as a liaison between teachers and school staff, students, and their families regarding physical therapy issues; assess, recommend, monitor, and modify general and special equipment needed to meet student goals; consult with private physical therapists and other health care providers to ensure continuity in the management of physical therapy issues in the school setting.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy in the school setting is for students whose fine motor or sensory needs significantly impair their educational performance. Parents must obtain a doctor's prescription to obtain occupational therapy services in school.

Functional areas addressed through occupational therapy include self-help; functional mobility; positioning; communication; sensory motor processing; fine and gross motor performance; life skills training; and environmental adaptation for access and mobility. Services may include screening/assessing to identify student deficits, development of IEP goals/objectives, consultation with staff and parents for implementing the student's program, and planning and implementing the IEP component related to occupational therapy goals/objectives.

Teacher of the visually impaired/services for the blind

Services for students with visual impairment provides specialized instruction and services required to meet the unique educational needs of visually impaired students. The District offers consultative and itinerant services as indicated by a student's IEP. Some of these services include Braille instruction, academic support, assistive technology, orientation and mobility training, and networking with outside agencies.

Teacher of the hearing impaired/services for the deaf

Services for the hearing impaired include academic support, audiological services, interpreter services, and networking with outside agencies.

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