PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Name of Program:  RELATED SERVICES

Available at Grade Levels:   K – 12

Description of Program: Related services are designed for students who need educationally related therapies including; speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted physical education, or counseling. Related services may be provided to students from 1 to 5 times per week and are generally provided in 30-minute increments.

Supports for Staff: The related service provider communicates with the student’s teacher(s) regarding instructional modifications, classroom accommodations, and test accommodations related to the students condition and seeks information about the students’ needs and progress in the classroom setting from them to guide therapy goals.

Supports for Parents/Families: The related service provider informs parents of the structure and routine of the therapy program at the beginning of the school year, provides suggestion for activities that can be done at home to support the child’s development or progress in attainment of IEP goals and provides a report of the student’s progress on IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers.


Name of Program:  INDIRECT CONSULTANT TEACHER SERVICES

Available at Grade Levels: K - 12

Description of Program: A Special Education Teacher provides consultation to general education teacher(s) of specified subjects for a minimum of 2 hours per week regarding the student’s needs for instructional modifications, classroom accommodations, and test accommodations related to their disability.  This program is designed for students with a low level of academic or behavior support needs. Teaching Assistants often work with the Special Education Consultant Teacher and Regular Education Teacher to support the child in general education classes. 
 
Supports for Staff: A Special Education Teacher provides support to staff working with the student.  The Special Education Teacher also provides case management and coordination services between the various staff members working with the student.

Supports for Parents/Families: A Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the regular education curriculum and provides a report of the student’s progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise and acts as a case manager for the student.


Name of Program:  DIRECT CONSULTANT TEACHER SERVICES

Available at Grade Levels: K - 12

Description of Program:  A Special Education Teacher provides instruction to students and / or consultation to general education teacher(s) directly in the specified regular education class(es) for a minimum of 2 hours per week regarding the student’s needs for instructional modifications, classroom accommodations, and test accommodations related to their disability.  This program is designed for students with a moderate level of academic or behavior support needs. Teaching Assistants often work with the Special Education Consultant Teacher and Regular Education Teacher to support the child as well. 

Supports for Staff: A Special Education Teacher provides support to the student in the classroom and consultation to staff working with the student.

Supports for Parents/Families: A Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the regular education curriculum and provides a report of the student’s progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise and acts as a case manager for the student.


Name of Program:  INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

Available at Grade Levels: 9 - 12

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher outside of the general education program, using curriculum designed to remediate weak areas and supplement mainstream instruction. Instructional Support periods may provide students an opportunity for review, repetition or re-teaching of concepts presented in the mainstream classroom.  The special education teacher may also assist the student in developing organizational skills and test preparation strategies as per a student’s individualized goals. Teacher Assistant support may be provided in mainstream classes as needed. May be combined with Consultant Teacher Services, either Direct or Indirect. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with significant academic weaknesses that cannot be addressed with Academic Intervention Services or Consultant Teacher Services alone.

Supports for Staff: The Special Education Teacher may provide consultation indirectly or directly in specified mainstream class(es) and at other times to staff working with the student.

Supports for Parents/Families: A Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding the child’s progress in the regular education curriculum and provides a report of the student’s progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  PRIMARY INSTRUCTION

Available at Grade Levels: 6 - 12

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher outside of the general education program, using materials and techniques designed to teach Regents level curriculum at the High School and Regents level preparation curriculum at the Middle School. Students may receive instruction in English Language Arts, Reading, Math and/or Social Studies for 40 minutes per day in each subject in the Primary Instruction program. May be combined with Consultant Teacher Services, either Direct or Indirect. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with significant academic weaknesses who would not benefit from instruction in a general education class even with Consultant Teacher Services and/or Instructional Support Program.

Supports for Staff: The Special Education Teacher may provide consultation indirectly or directly in specified mainstream class(es) and at other times to staff working with the student. Related service providers may also provide support to special education and regular education staff.

Supports for Parents/Families: The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  COMMUNICATION SKILLS CLASS  (SPECIAL CLASS) (10:1:2)

Available at Grade Levels:  K-5

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher outside of the general education program, for 6 hours per day in all academic subjects. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with very significant academic, language and/or behavior management needs due to cognitive or sensory factors, which affect progress in all areas. Students may mainstream for part of the day for social interaction or academic instruction as specified in the IEP.

Supports for Staff:  The Special Education Teacher may provide consultation indirectly or directly in specified mainstream class(es) Teaching assistants support students throughout the day in mainstream or special area classes, and for academic support.

Supports for Parents/Families: The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  ACADEMIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (SPECIAL CLASS) (12:1:1)

Available at Grade Levels:  6-8

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher outside of the general education program, for 6 hours per day in all academic subjects combined with job coaching and cooperative work experience component. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with very significant academic weaknesses in all areas that would not benefit from instruction in a general education class.  Many of the students in this class go on to the high school Life Skills Class with a job coaching component.

Supports for Staff: The Special Education Teacher may provide consultation indirectly or directly in specified mainstream class(es) and at other times to staff working with the student. Related service providers may also provide support to special education and regular education staff.

Supports for Parents/Families: The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  LIFE SKILLS (SPECIAL CLASS   12:1:1)

Available at Grade Levels:  9 - 12

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher outside of the general education program, for 6 hours per day in all academic subjects combined with job coaching and cooperative work experience component. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with very significant academic weaknesses in all areas and who would not benefit from instruction in a general education class.

Supports for Staff:  Related service providers generally push into this self-contained class, integrating the service they provide in meaningful ways throughout the student’s school day or at their job site.

Supports for Parents/Families: The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  TRANSITIONS PROGRAM (SPECIAL CLASS  10:1:3, 12:1:2)

Available at Grade Levels:  (3-5 , 6-8 and 9-12) 

Description of Program: Specialized instruction, taught by a Special Education Teacher partially in regular education classes and partially outside of the regular education program, for designated subjects and times per day. This program is designed to meet the needs of students with significant behavior, social or emotional needs who would not benefit from instruction in a general education class without a high level of support. 

Supports for Staff: The Special Education Teacher may provide consultation indirectly or directly in specified mainstream class(es) and at other times to staff working with the student. Related service providers may also provide support to special education and regular education staff. Teacher assistants from the Transitions Program attend general education classes with students as appropriate to facilitate their management and learning needs.  Special Education staff in this program are trained in de-escalation techniques.  Counseling is built into the program and provided to students to build on and enhance social skills.

Supports for Parents/Families: The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.


Name of Program:  TRANSITIONS INTENSIVE PROGRAM (SPECIAL CLASS  6:1:2)

Available at Grade Levels:  K - 2

Description of Program: This program offers specialized academic instruction in all areas, with a focus on positive behavior and social skill training, for 6 hours per day. For students with very significant behavior management needs that affect learning in all areas.

Supports for Staff:  Transitions Intensive Staff are trained in de-escalation techniques.  Two teaching assistants support the classroom management plan and help to implement each child’s individualized behavior intervention plan throughout the day.  Counseling is built into the program and provided to students to build on and enhance social skills.

Supports for Parents/Families:  The Special Education Teacher provides information to parents regarding activities that could be done at home to support the child’s progress in the curriculum and provides a report of the student’s grades and progress towards achieving the IEP goals with the same frequency as the general education teachers. The Special Education Teacher also provides a point of contact for parents to coordinate sharing of information and to address any difficulties that may arise.