Patricia Buell, the Director of Educational Services, should be contacted regarding any questions regarding Special Education or Pupil Services.
Hebron Public Schools is committed to meeting the needs of ALL students within its community by providing a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities. The purpose of the Department of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services is to ensure that students with disabilities receive high quality, individualized instruction while meeting their needs and maintaining a focus on grade level expectations. The Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department is the primary referral source of all suspected and eligible special education students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004). Also, the department services all those students eligible under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Department of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services provides programming for student's ages three to grade six. Individual programs are developed by a Planning and Placement Team of which parents are essential team members. Goals and objectives are outlined by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and services are delivered in the least restrictive environment.
The IEP may include special education instruction and related services. Services are delivered to all identified Hebron students by certified and/or licensed staff members. The Department of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services include; the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, special education teachers, speech language pathologists, school psychologists, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist and nurses.
The Planning and Placement Team meetings are crucial to the success of a child’s individualized education program. Parents are valued members of the team and therefore are encouraged to participate in all meetings. This has been achieved via speaker phone when necessary.
Special education services are provided to students in both buildings via inclusion and support in the general education setting as well as more individualized instruction as outlined in the student’s IEP. Special education teachers and related services staff work shoulder to shoulder with general education teachers to determine how to best meet a student’s need in the classroom. The programs are outlined in each individual IEP but may include co-taught classes, resource room support, differentiated instruction, and collaboration between the special education teachers, related services staff, and the classroom teachers.
- Co-taught classes are taught by two certified teachers. In a co-teaching model, one general education or content specific instructor and one special education instructor teach together in the general education classroom setting. The philosophy of inclusion is embodied in this system of instruction.
- Individual/small group instruction is often required for students who require very specialized and intensive approaches in order to master a content area. Students are removed from the general education classroom throughout the school day, but this occurs only during “intervention blocks” when Core Curriculum is not being presented. The core curriculum is presented to ALL students regularly.
- Related services such as counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy are provided to individual students as outlined in their IEP.