2013/2014 District ECE Meetings/Trainings
1st - New Teacher IEP Training at OVEC - 8:00am - 4:00pm.
5th - Restraint & Seclusion Regulation Training at SCMS - 8:00am - 11:00pm.
12th and 14th - Core Team Training for SCHS, SCMS, TES - 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
27th and 29th - Core Team Training for HV, Preschool, SCES - 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
29th - District ARC Chair Training - ECE Office - 12:30pm - 3:30pm.
12th - BOE Work Session - Preschool - 6:30PM
26th - ECE Dept. Chair Meeting - ECE Office - 3:30PM
10th - ECE Leadership Meeting - ECS Office - 10:00AM
24th - ECE Dept. Chair Meeting - ECS Office - 3:30PM
21st - ECE Dept. Chair Meeting - ECS Office - 3:30PM
3rd - SLP Meeting - ECS Office - 3:00PM
12th - ECE Dept. Chair Meeting - ECS Office - 3:30PM
13th - ECE Leadership Meeting - ECS Office - 10:00AM
Exceptional Child Services
Welcome to the Spencer County Schools Exceptional Child Services Webpage. This site is designed to assist community members, parents, prospective parents, educators and students. The website provides introductory information about special education services in the Spencer County Schools and links to local, regional and national resources.
We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing services for students needing specially designed instruction. The Spencer County School District provides services to children and youth ages 3-21 who qualify for services.
We have staff ready to answer any questions you may have about the education of students with special needs. You can reach someone at the Spencer County ECS Office by calling 502-477-6787 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General and special educators work collaboratively with parents to provide services for our students. Educational services are individually determined based upon a student’s educational disability and the student’s individual needs.
||Updates/ Question of the Month
November/ December Question of the Month 2013
What is Child Count?
Child Count is an unduplicated count of students receiving special education services that include students served by the district in their local programs and those students served through contractual agreement with another school district or approved private agency. This report is due in December of every year.
||Exceptional Child Office Staff
ECS Office Phone Number: (502)477-6787 or (502)477-6786
Preschool Office Phone Number: (502)477-3210
Todd Russell - Director of Special Education/ Preschool Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator
Sue Daniel - Special Education Consultant/ Assistant Preschool Coordinator
Alisa Shelburne - Special Education Program Assistant
Michelle McKinley - Preschool Administrative Assistant
Holly Purvis - School Psychologist (SCHS, TES)
Kelly Schweitzer - School Psychologist (SCMS, SCES)
||Acronyms and Definitions
Listed below are key acronyms and definitions used throughout the Spencer County Website.
ARC: Admissions and Release Committee
IEP: Individual Education Program
IDEA: Individuals with Disability Education Act
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
SDI: Specially Designed Instruction
SAS: Supplementary Aids and Services
“Alternative Assessment” means an assessment process designed to merge assessment and instruction so that students demonstrate strengths, knowledge, skills, and independence; encourage the student to engage in learning that is meaningful and appropriate; and provide multiple opportunities for measuring significant progress.
“Certificate of Attainment” means the certificate a student with a disability who meets criteria for the alternate assessment system and receives upon completion of a program designed by the Admissions and Release Committee.
“Full and individual evaluation” means the collection, analysis, interpretation, and documentation of a variety of evaluation data sources related to the suspected disability, administered selectively with the individual child or youth, which is used by an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) to determine eligibility and plan an appropriate individual education program. The ARC does not use the results from group-administered tests or procedures for determining the presence of a disability.
“Interviews” include interviews with parents, teachers, related services personnel, and other caregivers as well as with the student, if appropriate. The information gathered during the interview process may include instructional history, social history, medical information, learning preferences, and other data
“Observations” include structured behavioral observations, rating scales, ecological instruments, behavioral interventions, functional analysis of behavior and instruction, anecdotal, and other observations (conducted by parents, teachers, related services personnel, and others).
“Participating agency” means: (i.) for educational records: any agency or institution that collects, maintains, or uses personally identifiable information or from which information is obtained, under Part B of the Act. (ii.) for transition services: a state or local agency that is financially and legally responsible for providing transition services to a child with a disability.
“Qualified Personnel” mean personnel who meet the statutory or regulatory qualifications for each respective profession currently applicable in this state. This includes mental health professionals such as Licensed Professional Counselors, social workers, psychologists, etc.
“Resource class” means a special education class established to serve only children and youth with disabilities who need specially designed instruction on a part time basis, provided individually or in small groups, which cannot be provided in a regular education class.
“Record Review” includes a review of information provided by the parents, current classroom-based assessments, information from Infant-Toddler service providers, health/medical records, records from previous evaluations, vision and hearing screening and evaluation results, reports from other agencies, portfolios, cumulative file information, curriculum guides, and other records.
“Release” or “Exit” means a child with a disability no longer needs special education and related services and ARC releases the child from services.
“Scientifically Based Research” means research that must: (i) employ systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment; (ii.) involve rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions; (iii.) rely on measurements or observational methods that provide valid data across evaluators and observers, and across multiple measurements and observations; and (iv.) be accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent experts through a comparatively rigorous, objective and scientific review.
“Special education class” means a setting where personnel provide specially designed instruction and related services and where all of the children or youth have disabilities. A special education class is provided only if needed to implement the placement decision of an ARC for a child or youth with a disability.