Special Education

 
Dr. Randy Jennings
Director of Student Services

     
Susan Young
Administrative Secretary 
Nicole Scott
Grants Specialist 
 Caren Saunders
Receptionist
 
The office of Special Education is responsible for: Child Find, English Language Learning (ELL), Attendance and Truancy, Homebound Instruction, At-Risk Programs, Psychological Services, Speech-Language Pathology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and acts as Foster Care Liaison.
 
 
PSYCHOLOGISTS:
Deborah Coker
Paige Callahan
Kerry Sweeney
 
 TEACHER OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED:
Lucinda Casey
  
Coordinator of Alternative Education and Attendance:
 Dr. Elizabeth Arthur
 
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER:
Pat Macdonald
 
AUTISM SPECIALIST:
Jennifer Watson-Jamison, BCBA

 Additional Topics of Interest:
*Please address any questions regarding the following topics to Randy Jennings, Supervisor of Special Education.

 LOCAL SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC):

Local special education advisory committees (SEACs) have a long history in Virginia. Every school division is required to have a SEAC as detailed in Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, effective January 25, 2010.  

The major purpose of SEACs is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way school divisions provide services to students with disabilities. 

To find out more information, please click on the above link.


PARENT-TEACHER RESOURCE CENTER:

 As parents, you play an important role in working with school divisions to ensure that your child's educational needs are met. Salem City Schools strives to work with parents throughout the special education process. One means of doing so is through the provision of a parent resource center.

The purpose of the parent resource center is to provide support and information for families with children in special education. To find out more information, please click on the above link.

 
I'M DETERMINED:

The I'm Determined project is based on research that has proven that students with good self determination skills successfully complete high school and go on to be successful in higher education or on the job. To find out more information, please click on the above link. 


DEFINITION OF DISABILITIES


Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, effective January 25, 2010 detail the definitions of educational disabilities. To find more information, please click on the above link.


CHILD FIND:

Salem City Schools identifies and evaluates children and youth ages birth through 21 years who may be disabled and need related services. If eligible, disabled children ages 2 (before September 30th of each year) through 21 years must be provided a Free and Appropriate Public Education. To find out more information, please click on the above link.


COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES ACT:
 (CSA/CPMT/FAPT)

The Virginia Comprehensive Services Act provides for the pooling of eight specific funding streams to support services for high-risk youth. The purpose of the act is to provide high quality, child centered, family focused, cost effective, community-based services to high-risk youth and their families. To find out more information, please click on the above link. 



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EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION:

Early childhood special education, in Virginia, provide services for children who qualify with a disability. All localities in Virginia have services available for children who are eligible.  

Local school divisions determine the criteria for being found eligible for services under the developmental delay category. However, preschoolers may be found eligible under 13 other categories. To find out more information, please click on the above link.


VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: 
OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION


The Virginia Department of Education: Office of Special Education provides assistance and technical support to local school divisions. To find out more information, please click on the above link.


HOMEBOUND SERVICES:

The Virginia Department of Education (2011) identifies homebound instruction as a service that "...shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist. For students eligible for special education or related services, the Individualized Education Program committee must revise the IEP, as appropriate, to direct off-site instruction." 

Students approved for homebound instruction work with a licensed teacher in their home for a set number of hours per week. The homebound teacher works with the classroom teacher to provide essential instruction in the core subjects to each student. A limited number of courses are provided to high school students on homebound instruction. To find out more information, please click on the above link.


AUTISM TEAM:

Salem City Schools' Autism Team proactively supports students with autism through evidence-based educational instruction and increasing autism awareness for administrators, faculty and staff, family members, and the community. To find more information, please click on the above link. 


SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS HEARING OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The Code of Virginia (section 22.1-217.01) requires school boards to provide information to parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. guidance documents and other resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) web site. To find more information, please click on the above link.

Click here to find more information on Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Click here to find more information on the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH).

Click here to find more information on the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).



Salem City Schools has the following online brochures for your review: 25 Ways You Can Put the Power of Routines to Work for You and Your Child, Teachers' Top 10 Learning Secrets, Help Your Child Deal with Bullies and Bullying, and How to Help Your Struggling Student. Please click on the link to view the items.



SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS HEARING OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The Code of Virginia (section 22.1-217.01) requires school boards to provide information to parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. guidance documents and other resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) web site. To find more information, please click on the above link.



Buddy Camp is a 1-week enrichment opportunity, during the summer, for students identified with a speech-language impairment or a developmental delay. Students range in age from 3 to 4 years of age. Originally, the camp was simply titled Buddy Camp; however, the camp was renamed Jill's Buddy Camp in honor of Jill Bailey Chenet, a former Big Buddy who volunteered while she was a student at Salem High School. To find more information, please click on the above link. 



To receive federal funds available under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), local school boards must adopt and implement special education policies and procedures consistent with federal and state regulations to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students who are eligible for special education. To find more information, please click on the above link.