The Orange City Schools Special Education Program believes students must be served in an environment that is nurturing, compassionate and supportive.
- We believe all students will learn and achieve high results when provided with engaging individualized activities through a continuum of services.
- We believe that all special education staff will be supportive of one another.
We believe special education will be collaborative between families, teachers, students and administration.
What is Special Education?
Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
(A) Each school district shall adopt and implement written policies and procedures approved by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, that ensure that all children with disabilities residing within the district, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the state, and children with disabilities attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, December 2004 (IDEA) and federal regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 300 (October 13, 2006) pertaining to child find, including the regulations at 34 C.F.R. 300.111 and 300.646(October 13, 2006) and as required by the provisions of this rule.
Local school districts, including community schools, develop and approve policies and procedures or adopt those of the state to ensure requirements are in place to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, regardless of their situations, who have significant, individual needs and require intensive interventions through special education and related services. Children who are not identified to receive intensive intervention through special education and related services, but who are performing below grade-level standards, will receive targeted instruction and support interventions outlined in Rule 3301-35-06 of the Administrative Code. These may involve school and/or community-based resources. These resources may include health and social services, short- and long-term counseling, case management, juvenile justice, drug and alcohol treatment, shelter, early childhood programs, faith-based resources, truancy programs, social skills programs, school counseling, supplemental services, after-school programs and other summer programs. All interventions are research-based or evidence-based.
The Orange School District will develop and implement an effective and practical system for identifying and assuring that all children within the Orange Schools, who are receiving special education and related services, are accurately accounted for, based on the reporting needs of the state.
Director of Student Support Services
ph: (216) 831-8600 x6618
Coordinator of Special Education
ph: (216) 831-8600 x5630
Mary Jo Kiss
Administrator Assistant to Director of Student Support Services
ph: (216) 831-8600 x6617