...here is what you should know about your child’s educational opportunities in the public schools...
Entering a new school or grade level requires a period of adjustment, both academically and socially, for all children. After a reasonable length of adjustment time (a month or two), you may be concerned if you notice some of the following problems:
School-Related Problems that May Warrant Program Modification
- Seems to learn at a rate significantly slower than classmates.
- Makes little progress in one or more basic skill areas in spite of modifications or remedial instruction.
- Has a short attention span or is unable to pay attention.
- Exhibits work that is disorganized, illegible, or incomplete.
- Uses immature language or speech patterns.
- Seems overly quiet or appears withdrawn.
- Has poor memory for things seen or heard.
- Reverses or confuses sounds, letters, words, or numbers beyond grade three.
- Has difficulty with pencil and paper tasks.
- Seems very clumsy or has difficulty moving or locating body in space.
- Has an inadequate or distorted understanding of time relationships.
- Seems easily frustrated or lacks patience.
- Seems to act without thinking.
- Has unusual posture when reading or writing.
- Has trouble shifting from one idea to another.
- Stubbornly refuses to attempt new learning tasks
If you suspect your child may have some difficulties in school you can seek help in several ways. One way is to discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher(s). You may find that the teacher shares your concerns and is trying to address them. If your concerns continue, you should contact your child’s teacher again and ask that a Request for Assistance form be completed and forwarded to the Student Success Team (SST). Information regarding your child will be gathered by staff for that meeting.
A second way to seek help is for you to complete a Request for Assistance form and turn it in to the assistant principal at your child’s school. The assistant principal will begin the Student Success Team (SST) process described below.
STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM PROCESS
Students experiencing academic and /or behavioral problems in the general education program may be referred for discussion to the Student Success Team (SST) by anyone having knowledge of their functioning, including: general education teachers, administrators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and parents. The Request for Assistance will be reviewed by the Student Success Team (SST) at the local school site.
The SST is a regular education forum composed of personnel with varying specialties and experience chaired by the assistant principal of the school site. It is the intent of the SST to act as a resource when intervention assistance is sought. The SST may suggest regular program interventions within the classroom and/or support services available to all students.
The Student Success Team (SST) may include the following personnel:
- Assistant principal
- School psychologist
- School counselor
- Community liaison
- Resource specialist teacher
- Reading specialist
- General education teacher
- Parent, as appropriate.
Examples of modification which may be implemented to assist your child may include some of the following:
- Behavior Modification System
- Daily/weekly assignment sheets monitored and signed
- Provide Xerox copies of material normally copied from board
- Allow use of computer to type reports and assignments
- Use calculator for math
- Seat student in front of class
- Assign peer tutor
- Enlarge book pages or worksheets
- Modify length of assignments or provide alternative assignments.
You may be invited to attend the SST meeting, share information about your child’s school performance and talk about your concerns. The team may decide that modifications of the general education program are appropriate to address your child’s needs. If so, these modifications or interventions will be written and monitored.
If these modifications/interventions are not successful, the SST may ultimately recommend additional assessment. Should this be necessary, you will be contacted in order to obtain your informed written consent.