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Education for all

Posted January 28, 2014 in Community Blogs

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to encourage and assist each individual to achieve his/her level of educational excellence.  As a district we understand that not all children develop educationally at the same rate.  Our Special Education Department provides sound educational programs for students who cannot sufficiently benefit from regular education instruction.

The Fort Dodge Community School District is committed to providing educational resources, services and qualified personnel to students with identified special education needs, maximizing educational experiences for students.  These programs and services provide:

  • Programming for students in neighborhood schools whenever possible
  • Prudent and responsible allocation of resources
  • Continual assessment of student performance
  • Full continuum of services

                

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN THE FORT DODGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

ELEMENTARY

  • Riverside Early Learning Center has 7 Early Learning Centers (ages 3-5) which are combination rooms with Head Start and 4 year old preschool grant children
  • 3 Transitional Kindergarten programs located at the Riverside Early Learning Center
  • 8 programs in our elementary schools for children with academic/behavioral needs
  • 1 program for children with challenging behaviors at Feelhaver School
  • 4 programs for children with intellectual challenges, one at Cooper, two at Duncombe and one at Riverside Early Learning Center
  • 1 program at Cooper for children grades K-6 with severe intellectual challenges and 1 at Riverside for children in grades K-1
  • C.A.R.E.S. Day Treatment program at the Central Administration Building for grades K-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • 7 programs for students with academic/behavioral needs
  • 3 programs for students with severe academic needs
  • 2 classrooms for students with intellectual challenges
  • 1 classroom for 5-8 grade students with severe intellectual challenges
  • 2 classrooms for students with challenging behaviors
  • 1 classroom at St. Edmond School for students with academic/behavioral needs

HIGH SCHOOL

  • 5 programs for students with academic/behavioral needs
  • 1 program at the alternative school for students with academic/behavioral needs
  • 5 programs which have a World of Work Focus
  • 1 program for students with severe intellectual challenges
  • 4 programs for students with challenging behaviors
  • PRIDE Day Treatment Program for students in grades 7-12 at the Central Administration Building
  • Transition Alliance Program (TAP) for students ages 16-25 who are Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and special education eligible, and are under-employed or unemployed

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

  • 2 Behavior Interventionists that serve Pre-K–12
  • 1 Behavior Specialist
  • 96.5 para-educators who serve in our special education programs
  • 3 Sign Language Interpreters

The Fort Dodge Community School District Special Education Department provides a full range of services for our children with special needs.  Our goal is to teach our children skills to empower them to become the best they can be!

 

Problem Solving Process

A problem solving team process is in place at all buildings in the Fort Dodge School District.  This process begins when a child is referred to the problem solving team due to concerns of student success, progress, or behavior. Teachers, parents, other staff members can refer a student to this team.  Attempts are made to resolve the area of concern(s) in the general education environment through measurable goal-directed and documented interventions.

Concerns that continue will lead to formal problem solving.  Members of the problem solving team will include parent, general education teacher(s), counselor, building administer, and student when appropriate.  During the problem solving process, additional interventions are discussed and implemented.  The student’s progress is documented and monitored by those responsible for the student’s success

If the problem is resistant to general education intervention or if the interventions require continued and substantial effort, the problem solving team may request a full and individual evaluation through the Area Education Agency.  A meeting is then held to determine if the student is entitled to special education services.





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