Special education services provide support for those students that are identified as needing specialized educational support. This support can serve students that fall under many categories including Specific Learning Disability, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Speech Language Impairment to name a few.
The process of identifying students for special education involves a referral or request from teachers and/or parents. Often the process also requires that there has been an attempt to meet the needs of the student through the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). The goal of MTSS is to meet the student’s educational needs with general education support as much as possible. If the MTSS team (which includes input from parents) determines that the student’s needs cannot be met within general education, then a referral to special education for an evaluation is made.
Once a request for a special education evaluation is made, the special education team has ten days to respond and determine that a need for evaluation is appropriate. If that need is determined, then the team must get a signed parental consent for testing and the student’s parents are given their parental rights. After a signed consent for evaluation is received then the team (with input from parents) has 60 days to complete the evaluation, and 30 additional days to generate an individual education plan (IEP), if the student qualifies for special education services. The IEP is designed specifically around the learning, physical, and behavioral needs of the student. Student learning and/or behavioral goals are developed and resource support time is determined. The IEP team meets annually with parents to discuss the growth of the student and to adjust goals. Every three years the student is given a re-evaluation to determine if there is an ongoing need for special education services. Parents are a valuable and integral part of this process and always have the right to refuse special education services for their student, if they choose.
At Loveland Classical Schools, the special education team is made up of a special education teacher, an occupational therapist, a speech language pathologist, a school psychologist, and other professionals, such as a physical therapist and school nurse that can be called for their expertise if needed.
If you have any questions about special education, for the K-5 program, please email Mrs. McFarling, the Lyceum (elementary) Resource Teacher. For the 6-12 program, please email Mrs. Hirsch, Academy (middle and high schools) Resource Teacher, or call LCS at (970) 541-1507.