What is Special Education?
If teachers or parents feel that a student is not being successful at the middle school after taking part in all of the regular interventions that we offer (staying 10th period with teachers, academic intervention services, reading or math labs) and after having gone though an extensive intervention process and committee review, we may refer the student for initial testing with a sign permission form from parents. This testing is administered by one of our Special Education Teachers/School Psychologist.
If the testing results show a discrepancy in the child’s abilities, the student may be directly referred to the Committee on Special Education. This department is located at the District Office and is may be contacted by calling 607-754-1400. Mrs. Vanessa DuBrava is the Chairperson of the department. CSE has 60 SCHOOL DAYS to review the case and offer services to the student. An example of services that CSE can offer would be a 504 health accommodation plan (for students with impairing health issues) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
What Special Education Services do you offer at the Middle School?
Once a child is "classified" as a Special Education Student we offer inclusion classes (a special education co-teaches with a regular classroom teacher) with a small group support time, pull out (refers to the student going to a smaller class either 8.1,12.1 or 15.1/number of students to 1 teacher) The students are placed in the classes based on what services are listed on his or her 504 plan or IEP from decisions made by the school and parents.
For more details on how the programs are run you can contact us directly or the Special Education Department at 754-1400.