Student Support Services
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Michele French, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Kira Studler, Speech
Andrea Winchip, Speech
Jill Primeau, Occupational Therapist
Kathleen Donohue, Physical Therapist
This committee is designed to oversee programs and services for students between the ages of 5-21. Students who are recommended to be reviewed by this committee must be thought of to have a disability which causes them not to be able to perform like their grade level peers, even when receiving services offered to all students in the district. Under this committee a determination of need is based on many varied forms of testing. The classifications that a child can be identified with are: Learning Disabled, Developmentally Disabled, Speech Impaired, Deaf-Blind, Other Health Impaired, Multiply Disabled, Orthopedically Impaired, Autistic, Deaf, Visually Impaired, Emotional Disturbance, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearing Impaired. The services that are provided if a child is classified with one of the above are provided during the school day when school is in session.
This committee is designed to oversee programs and services for students between the ages of 3 – 5. This committee works in conjunction with the Warren County Health Department, local pre-school programs and Pediatricians to see that students are ready to go by age five for Kindergarten. Children who are recommended to this committee have to participate in a wide range of tests to assess their levels as compared to their same age level peers. If a need is determined students are classified as a Preschool Child with a Disability. The services that can be provided at this level are brought to the home or to the child’s place of attendance during the work day.
This is a federal law that ensures that a child who meets the criteria has equal access to an education. There is a varied amount of testing to qualify unless a medical condition of a qualifying disability is apparent and interferes with equal access to education.
RTi-Response to Intervention
This is the first step in a long process of giving support to a child who is struggle in varying ways with in school. This plan has three levels. Level one being the least intensive to level three being very intensive. All of the levels require documentation from the adults working with the student to provide whatever service is deemed appropriate to support student growth. The overall goal is always to make sure that all instructional, emotional, home-school, doctors concerns, attention and attendance have been reviewed carefully before decided to make more drastic recommendations for additional services and testing.
Under the RTi model there are many types of interventions but the one used most often if an academic concern is:
AIS-Academic Intervention Services (Remedial Support)
This service is given when a student has not been successful with classroom interventions and support at level one. It is a level two services and can be provided to a child for Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies based on state and local assessments as well as by teacher recommendation.