Updated April 13, 2017

Support Programs

Heather School provides instructional support programs for meeting the needs of all children.

Student are placed in programs based on individual need as determined by the Student Study Team (SST) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. We deliver programs including academic specialized instruction (SAI) small group  learning centers, resource specialist program (RSP), speech and language, adaptive physical education (APE), occupational therapy (OT), and other designated instructional services, including literacy support services.

The SST may include parents, students, teachers, administrators, and special education staff. This team discusses modifications to regular classroom instruction with the goal of driving student success.

Resource Specialist Program (RSP)
Qualifying students who have been identified through the IEP team process are provided instruction through a pull out program or in the regular classroom based on the student’s needs. Our Educational Specialist and assistants provide instruction to students individually or in small group settings.

Literacy Support
Additional literacy support is part of our Response to Intervention (RTI) process.
Students are selected for this program through teacher referral. Students receive reading support by a reading specialist and/or literacy associate working with small groups 4-5 times a week in addition to classroom reading instruction. Literacy intervention curriculum includes Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Language for Learning, SRA Corrective Reading, Lexia and close reading lessons. This literacy support program is made possible with San Carlos Educational Foundation (SCEF) funding.

Occupational Therapy (OT)
The need for school-based OT is determined by whether the student is able to to meet educational goals that are established at the IEP. A therapist will evaluate students, participate in program planning, and provide OT services directly or through consultation. The therapist’s objective is to improve the functional skills that are required in a school setting. A student’s visual perception skills, motor control, sensory motor processing, activity analysis, self-help skills and handwriting will all be evaluated to determine whether assistance is needed to achieve success in school.

Speech and Language
Qualifying students who have been identified through the IEP team process are provided weekly instruction to correct articulation errors and to develop age-appropriate language skills.

School Counselor
Due to SCEF funding, Heather School has full-time school counselor who teaches weekly Second Step curriculum (social and emotional learning lessons) to each class, and facilitates small group sessions for referred students to support social skills, coping skills, changing families/divorce and grief support.   Parent permission and teacher approval is required for small group participation. In addition, the counselor provides conflict resolution between students, provides social skill support during recess and provides consultation to teachers and families on any other issues involving students at Heather. Learn more about Heather’s counseling services and resources, as well as the SCSD Counseling and Mental Health.  

School Psychologist
The school psychologist is on campus at Heather School two to three days each week to test students for initial placement in Special Education programs and to retest students before their triennial IEP. The psychologist will often attend IEP and SST meetings and may provide consultation and support to teachers, students, or parents.

English Language Development (ELD)
All Heather teachers are “CLAD” certificated, holding a Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate, which authorizes them to provide instruction to English Learners (ELs). Students receive individualized instruction regularly to improve their proficiency of the English language through classroom instruction as well as through the literacy support program as needed.

School Nurse
Three district nurses rotate between the seven San Carlos schools. These nurses will assist with medications for students, in the development of 504 plans for students with medical needs, and present information to students both in class and during assemblies. Our school nurses also monitor immunizations, test for hearing and vision and are available “on call” as needed.