The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is responsible for providing special education, compensatory services, academic intervention services (AIS/RTI), and English as a New Language (ENL) instruction to students in the Florida Union Free School District.
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Academic Intervention Services (AIS) in the Florida UFSD includes differentiated, supplemental instruction to assist students in meeting the New York State Learning standards in English Language Arts (grades 3-12), Mathematics (grades 3-12), Social Studies (grades 9-12) and/ or Science (grades 4-12), or who are at risk of not gaining the knowledge and skills needed to meet or exceed designated performance levels on NYS assessments. AIS services are provided by certified teachers within the core program and during the school day and/or in supplemental programs that may occur after the school day – with transportation provided. Read the District’s AIS Plan.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a three-tiered problem-solving model characterized by high-quality, research-based instruction and interventions that are matched to students’ learning and behavioral needs. In other words, when a student experiences difficulty in the classroom, the teacher targets and addresses areas of the weakness with sound teaching practices, followed by the frequent monitoring of progress frequently and adjustments to instruction as needed. Read the District’s RTI Plan.
School Psychologists play a major role in prevention, intervention and remediation of school problems. They help identify and evaluate children with emotional, social, behavioral and learning disorders; provide short-term or group counseling, and serve as a resource to staff and parents in working with children with special needs.
The CSE evaluates needs of children who have or may have physical, mental or emotional disabilities. A comprehensive core evaluation, which includes a psychological, educational and social assessment, helps determine a child’s needs.
When a child is recommended for special education, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed specifying services to be provided and the approach to be used to address the child’s needs.
Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)
The CPSE addresses the needs of children, ages 3 to 5, with disabilities. If you suspect your preschool age child may have a disability, call the Pupil Personnel Office: 651-3095 x40022.
Speech therapists help students with speech and language disorders, including articulation. Therapists serve students classified by the CSE and other who have a need for this support.
Section 504 is a civil rights statute that requires schools, public or private, who receive federal financial assistance for educational purposes, not discriminate against children with disabilities. Schools must provide these students with reasonable accommodations comparable to those provided to their peers under the rulings of Section 504. Students with a disability that substantially limits a major life function may be eligible for accommodations under a Section 504 plan.