South Seneca Central School District is committed to providing a quality education for all students. South Seneca offers a continuum of services to meet the needs of students with Special Needs. If found eligible for Special Education, students could receive a variety of services including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling and specialized instruction.
If your child is having difficulty in school, first talk to his or her teacher(s). There are many supports for students within the General Education setting. Staff can discuss concerns at Instructional Support Team (IST) or at Team Time to develop a plan to support your child. If the concerns continue after supports are put in place, the team including the parent, will discuss a possible referral to Special Education.
Once a referral to Special Education is agreed upon, the Special Education office will send the parent / guardian a consent to evaluate along with a copy of Parent Rights and Procedural Safeguards. The parent must sign the consent and return it to the Special Education Office for the process to continue.
Once the consent is received, evaluations will be completed. After the evaluations are completed, there will be a CSE meeting to determine eligibility. If a student is found eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. If the student is ineligible, the student will be referred back to IST Team / Grade Levels Teams to develop an RtI plan to support the student.
An Annual Review meeting will be held at least once a year to review student progress and to revise the student's IEP. A Re-evaluation to determine if a student continues to qualify for Special Education services must be conducted at least every three years.
How IDEA Defines Disability
Under IDEA, there are 13 categories under which a student is eligible to receive the protections and services promised in the law. They are:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability*
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
- Multiple Disabilities
- Other Health Impairments
* Intellectual disability has also been referred to as “Mental Retardation” (MR) in the past, and this term and its acronym may be used colloquially or in older documentation. It is not, however, a currently accepted practice to refer to individuals with intellectual disabilities as mentally retarded.
CSE Committee Members
(1) committees on special education in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, section 4402, as necessary to ensure timely evaluation and placement of students. The membership of each committee shall include, but not be limited to:
(i) the parents or persons in parental relationship to the student;
(ii) not less than one regular education teacher of the student whenever the student is or may be participating in the regular education environment;
(iii) not less than one special education teacher of the student, or, if appropriate, not less than one special education provider of the student;
(iv) a school psychologist; - unless it is a sub - committee meeting
(v) a representative of the school district who is qualified to provide or supervise special education and who is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of resources of the school district, provided that an individual who meets these qualifications may also be the same individual appointed as the special education teacher or the special education provider of the student or the school psychologist. The representative of the school district shall serve as the chairperson of the committee;
(vi) an individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results. Such individual may also be the individual appointed as the regular education teacher, the special education teacher or special education provider, the school psychologist, the representative of the school district or a person having knowledge or special expertise regarding the student when such member is determined by the school district to have the knowledge and expertise to fulfill this role on the committee;
(vii) a school physician, if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student or by a member of the school at least 72 hours prior to the meeting;
(viii) an additional parent member of a student with a disability residing in the school district or a neighboring school district, provided that the additional parent member may be the parent of a student who has been declassified within a period not to exceed five years or the parent of a student who has graduated within a period not to exceed five years, if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student, the student or by a member of the committee at least 72 hours prior to the meeting;
(ix) other persons having knowledge or special expertise regarding the student, including related services personnel as appropriate, as the school district or the parent(s) shall designate. The determination of knowledge or special expertise of such person shall be made by the party (parents or school district) who invited the individual to be a member of the committee on special education; and
(x) if appropriate, the student.
Elementary Special Education Teachers