• Special Education Programs

    Special Education Service Delivery Options:
    The Special Education programs and services outlined here are available in schools throughout the Jefferson School District for students who are eligible and require Special Education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

    Prior to determining eligibility for Special Education, schools utilize the Student Study Team process.  Please contact your school for more information.

    Special Education Preschool Programs:
    Our preschool programs offer a wide range of early intervention services for students between ages 3 and 5 who are eligible and require Special Education. 

    Resource Specialist Program (RSP):
    Resource Specialist Programs and Services serve students requiring Special Education during their school day.  RSP may be provided to students within their general education classroom or in a special education setting.  RSP is designed to meet the needs of the students based on IEP goals and objectives.

    Special Day Class (SDC) Programs:
    A student who requires specialized instruction for more than half of the school day may attend a Special Day Class.  The primary focus of instruction is on the age, disability or severity of the disability as described in the students IEP.  Often, the curriculum offers an alternate educational pathway through school based on the needs of the student.

    Related Services:
    The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team may determine that related services are required for the student to access the educational program.  These services may include, but are not limited to, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Transportation and Home/Hospital instruction.  Related services are designed to address specific, specialized intervention when required for a student to benefit from his or her instructional program.

    504 Plans:  General Education
    Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and is not part of Special Education.  Students who are eligible for a 504 Plan have a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities.  A student would not have both an IEP and a 504 Plan.  Please contact your school for more information about 504 plans.

    Health Plans: 
    Any student, whether eligible for Special Education or not, may have a Health Plan due to a current health condition that must be addressed during school hours.  Health Plans are developed in collaboration the students Physician and Family.