Winooski School District

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Special Education Services Information Sheet

Special education is a service for students who have been identified as having a disability that adversely affects the child’s educational performance in 1 or more basic skill areas.

Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

Special education services can be provided in a variety of settings. At JFK Elementary School, services range from in-class support by special educators and instructional assistants, to pull-out services by the special educators, to our therapeutic classroom. In the Middle High School, students are supported in class and through pull-out services by the special educators and instructional assistants. We also have two self-contained therapeutic classroom for students, who have been identified with an emotional disability. These classroom provides students with a structured, therapeutic environment, where the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. In addition, we offer life skills streming classes for high school students.

We have 1.5 District Evaluator positions.  These special educators conduct all initial and 3 year special education reevaluations. This allows the special educators more time to provide more direct instruction to students.

A special educator is also assigned as the Intensive Needs Special Educator at JFK. This special educator case manages and supports students with severe and multiple needs, while providing consistency to the student and families.

The goal of special education is to ensure that all students have access to the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment. If you have questions about the special education services in the Winooski School District, please call the Director of Support Services, Robin Hood, at 383-6085.