About Special Education

  • Special Education

    Special Education Procedural Safeguards for Students and Their Families

     
    Special Education Services:

                Rochester School District provides a full range of services for students with disabilities.  We serve students from Birth to age 21.  Services are provided in the areas of academic remediation (reading, math, and written language), social skills, speech (language and articulation), fine and gross motor therapy, etc.  In order to qualify for Special Education services, your child must be assessed and the determination must be made that a) a recognized disability does exist, b) the disability is affecting their academic progress, and 3) specially designed instruction is needed.  Once a student qualifies for Special Education, then an Individual Education Plan is written to address their needs.  For questions about the Special Education process, please contact Rochester Special Services Department, (360) 273-6522.

    Programs and Services:

                Childfind:  If you would like to learn how to refer a student for a Special Education screening or referral please contact the Special Services Department at 273-6522 or the School Counselor in your child’s school.

                Birth-2 Program: Rochester School District contracts with South Sound Parent to Parent to serve Infants and Toddlers with disabilities.  For information on either service for an Infant or Toddler already identified with a disability or for a developmental screening, please contact either South Sound Parent to Parent, 360-352-1126 x103 or Rhonda Paquin at Rochester Early Intervention Program , 360-273-5161ext. 3249

                Rochester Early Intervention Program serves children ages 3-5 who qualify for Special Education.  REIP is located at Rochester Primary School.  If you would like your child to have a developmental screening or you have transferred into the district and your child already has an Individual Education Plan, please contact Marci Nesary at 273-5161 ext. 3250. (During the summer, contact District Office at 273-6522)

                K-12th grade Special Education Services:  Most students with an Individual Education Plan are mainstreamed into the general education population for the majority of the day.  Students receive small group or individualized specially designed instruction in their areas of deficits for scheduled periods during their day.  The amount of time spent in pull out instruction, the amount of additional support given in the classroom, and the ratio of adult-child support varies according to each student’s individual needs, as determined by the IEP team.  Every parent and general education teacher are included in the IEP decision-making process. 

                Life Skills:  Students who have a severe disability which impacts their ability to function within the general population are placed in our Life Skills program.  Each Life Skills program teaches basic academic skills as well as the skills the individual needs to be able to function in a supervised environment as an adult.  These skills include dressing and clothing care, cooking, shopping, using public transportation, etc.

              18-21 Transition Program: Special Education students are eligible to stay in school until the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years of age.  At Rochester High School, the Transition program provides services for students ages 18-21.  In this program, students learn how to access their community resources (such as transportation), learn independent living skills, etc.  For more information contact Mark Smith E_MAIL
     
    Resource Links for Special Education:
     
    Center for Parent Information and Resources http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources/
    Autism Speaks: What is Autism?  http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
    Council for Exceptional Children http://www.cec.sped.org
    Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD http://www.chadd.org 
    Developmental Guidelines: American Academy of Pediatrics Ages and Stages
    http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/Pages/default.aspx
     
    National Center for Learning Disabilities http://www.ncld.org