• Special Education is “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability,” as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  This specialized instruction may include support from our special education teachers and paras, targeted instructional programs, and/or accommodations within the general education classroom.  Each student within the Special Education program has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which describes their strengths, needs, goals, and supports needed in order to meet those goals.

    A student’s needs must fit within one of the following categories AND have their disability affect their ability to progress in the general education curriculum in order to qualify for an IEP: Developmentally Delayed, Learning Disabled, Speech/Language Impairment, Autism/Asperger’s, Behavior or Emotional Disorder, Hearing and/or Vision Impaired, Intellectually Disabled (formerly known as Mentally Retarded), Physically Disabled, Traumatic Brain Injury, Other Health Impairment (including AD/HD) or a combination of Multiple Disabilities.

    Students participating in the Special Education Program still have a general education classroom, and work with their peers.  At Kennedy Elementary, we use the scheduled intervention blocks to work one-on-one or in small groups to target language arts and math goals.  Students may also receive further doses of “pull out support” (working in another room) or “push in support” (working within their general education classroom) if their IEP specifies a need for more support.

    For more information, please feel welcome to contact one of our Special Education teachers:
    Jessica Green (Kindergarten and 2nd Grade) can be reached at JGreen@usd497.org
    Rebecca Brin (1st and 2nd Grade) can be reached at rbrin@usd497.org
    Heather Cordes (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades) can be reached at hcordes@usd497.org

    You can also explore the Kansas State Department of Education’s informational page about Special Education - KSDE