School-age special education services are provided within each school within the FTCSC for students identified as needing special education services. The following disability areas are served by our teachers in our schools here in the FTCSC:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder,
- Blind or Low Vision[i],
- Cognitive Disability,
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing[ii],
- Emotional Disability,
- Language or Speech Impairment,
- Multiple Disabilities,
- Other Health Impairment,
- Specific Learning Disability, and
- Traumatic Brain Injury.
In addition, each school has a multidisciplinary assessment team which is used to evaluate a potential student who may be in need of special education services. Referrals for possible special education services are made at the building where the student is currently enrolled.[iii] Students in grades K through 12 who are eligible for special education services attend the school they would attend if they were not a student with an identified disability. If a student’s disability necessitates special transportation, that is arranged for the student through his/her case conference committee meeting.
There are three more intensive services which require us to move a student to a building other than his/her home school.
- The first more intensive service would be in our comprehensive intervention program (CIP – pronounced as /sip/). Students requiring services from the CIP program are educated at the school they would attend if they were not disabled unless their home school is Bunker Hill Elementary. Students requiring services from the CIP whose home school is Bunker Hill Elementary will be placed by their case conference committee at one of our other elementary schools. For more information on CIP, please see the link titled: Comprehensive Intervention Program on our website.
- The second more intensive service would be our full time emotional disability program at the elementary level, referred to as the ROAR room since they are the Kitley Cougars! Elementary-aged students requiring the more structured and intensive behavior modification program would be moved to the Roar Room at Kitley Elementary by their case conference committee. This placement would only occur when the home school elementary program has provided sufficient data to indicate that the student’s behavioral needs cannot be met in the home school elementary program. For more information on the ROAR Room, please see the link on our website.
- The third more intensive service would be the RISE Learning Center. The FTCSC is a part of Southside Special Services of Marion County. The RISE Learning Center is a very restrictive placement on the continuum of placements within the least restrictive environment. It is rare that the schools within the FTCSC cannot program for a student with an identified disability but, when those occasions arise, the case conference committee has the option of exploring RISE Learning Center for assistance. For more information on Southside Special Services of Marion County, please see the link on our website.
[i] The FTCSC also partners with the Indiana School for the Blind and Low Vision for serving some of our students who require more intensive services for their vision and learning needs.
[ii] The FTCSC also partners with the MSD of Perry Township as well as the Indiana School for the Deaf for serving some of our students who require more same-language peers with whom to communicate.
[iii] For students who are being home schooled, the parent would make the referral for possible special education services to the Director of Special Education, whose office is at the FTCSC Administrative Building.