Chappell Elementary School

Learning Strategies Policy

Definitions

  1. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) – a formal written plan developed for each student with an identified learning need.
  2. Inclusive Classrooms – classrooms that include students with a variety of learning needs.
  3. Accommodations – changes to instruction or assessment that allow an individual student to learn the curriculum and demonstrate that knowledge.
  4. Differentiated instruction – instruction in an inclusive classroom that is tailored to the individual needs of a learner.

Principles

  1.  Our mission:  We educate all students to be internationally minded so they will be college, career, and community ready inspired to succeed in our diverse world.   The purpose of the Learning Strategies Policy is to ensure that students with identified learning needs are supported so that they can live our Chappell mission statement.
  2. Chappell Elementary is committed to providing the IB Primary Years Program to every student regardless of his/her learning needs.  Our classrooms are inclusive and welcome diversity of learning styles.  This Learning Strategies Policy is designed to ensure that the special education needs of individual learners are met within this context.
  3. Students with special education needs are identified and accommodated so that they have equal access to the curriculum.  The Special Education teacher will work with the classroom teachers to ensure that differentiated instruction is provided in the classroom for special needs students.  We understand that differentiated instruction is good practice and do not confine differentiation exclusively to identified students.
  4. We believe that every student is the responsibility of every teacher.  This means that our teachers take ownership of the students with special learning needs in their classrooms and differentiate their instruction to meet those needs.
  5. During monthly collaboration meetings all staff meet to identify needs and strategies for all students.  Teachers are invited to share successful strategies they have developed.  In this way, professional development is on-going and teachers share their expertise.

Chappell Elementary is committed to making our classrooms safe, inclusive environments where every student has an opportunity to learn and grow so that they can realize their potential to shape a better world.

Green Bay Area School District

Board Policy 411

Equal Educational Opportunities

The Green Bay Area School District is committed and dedicated to the task of providing the best education possible for every student enrolled in the District, regardless of family circumstances, for as long as the student can benefit from attendance and the student’s conduct is compatible with the welfare of the entire student body. There shall be no discrimination by sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, homelessness status or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability/handicap.

Reasonable accommodations of a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs shall be made with regard to examinations and other academic requirements. In order to receive such accommodations, a student, or parent/guardian of a minor student can notify the building principal or designee of potential conflicts. The student will be permitted to make up an examination or academic requirement another time for by alternative methods with our prejudicial effect.

Complaints regarding the interpretation or application of this policy shall be processed in accordance with established procedures. The procedures and forms for filing discrimination complaints shall be available from building principals or the District Equity Coordinator.

Annually, the District shall provide a Class I legal notice of this policy and its accompanying complaint procedures. In addition, a student nondiscrimination statement shall be included in the student and staff handbooks, course selection handbooks and other published materials distributed to the public describing school activities and opportunities.

Green Bay Area School District

Board Policy 342.1

Programs for Students with Disabilities

The District affirms its responsibility to make appropriate special education programs and related services available to students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.

The District recognizes that special education programs and services are part of the total educational program in the District and not a separate entity. The District also recognizes the legal requirement that students with disabilities be educated in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate to their individual needs. Consistent with the philosophy, the District believes it is desirable that:

  1. Students with disabilities participate to the maximum extent possible in regular education programs – academic, non-academic and co-curricular, along with students who do not have disabilities. Special classes, separate schooling or other removal of students with disabilities from regular educational environment should occur only when the severity of the disability cannot be dealt with in a regular educational setting through the use of supplementary aids and services.
  2. Students with disabilities be in chronologically age appropriate environments.
  3. Programs for students with disabilities be distributed geographically within the District to the greatest degree appropriate and possible.
  4. Specific educational programs and services for a student with disability be determined by an individualized education program (IEP) team and be based on an assessment of the student’s individual needs. Students with disabilities shall participate in academic assessments required by law, with or without accommodations, or alternate assessments as outlined in the student’s IEP.

The District utilizes a special education handbook that outlines guidelines and procedures to be used by the District staff. The handbook also includes a section that outlines specific policies and procedures relating to students with disabilities. The section of the handbook shall meet legal requirements and be adopted by the School Board.

Within the parameters of state and federal laws governing the operation of programs for students with disabilities, there are due process safeguards for parent rights and appeal. Such provisions shall be adhered to by the District.

Green Bay Area School District

Board Policy 342.3

Programs for Gifted and Talented Students

The District provides for the continuous identification of potentially gifted and talented students in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership and academic domains. Multiple criteria such as achievement tests, product and/or performance evaluations, and parent, teacher, peer, and self-nominations will be used to identify gifted or talented students. A student may be identified as gifted or talented in one or more categories.

The School Board shall provide access to appropriate programs for students identified as gifted or talented. It is recognized that educational alternatives may need to be provided for such students. These alternatives may include acceleration beyond specific grade level, subject and/or course included in the normal program and curriculum sequence consistent with a Board of Education approved program plan which will be periodically reviewed.

The District shall provide opportunities for parent participation in the planning of student’s proposed program.

Green Bay Area School District

Board Policy 342.8

Section 504/ADA Educational Opportunities

The District shall provide a free and appropriate public education to each student within its jurisdiction without discrimination because of the student’s disability or handicapping condition. Reasonable accommodations shall be provided to allow students with disabilities/handicaps to have an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.

It is the intent of the District to ensure that all students with disabilities/handicaps as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services in accordance with legal requirements and established procedures outlined in the District’s Section 504/ADA handbook.

Green Bay Area Public Schools May 31, 2012; October, 2016

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