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Special Education Services

Return to School Plan 2020-2021

Now that school has resumed, what happens if a student in special education needs to be quarantined due to the student or a family member testing positive?
    • If a student with a disability contracts or is exposed to COVID-19 and cannot participate in their current learning environment, the school will discuss with the parent whether the student is medically excused or whether the student is available for virtual learning in quarantine.
    • If the student is medically excused and not available for virtual instruction, the absence will be excused.  
    • If the student is available for virtual learning and if the student’s IEP has a service plan that covers these circumstances, this portion of the IEP will be implemented with written notice to the parent.  If the IEP does not contain a contingency plan, the LEA, in consultation with the parent, must consider and document what services will be provided virtually.
    • On the first school day after the 14th calendar day the student has been absent from their current learning environment without a medical excuse, the school will discuss the student’s needs and the provision of FAPE with the parent, unless the student’s IEP includes a virtual service plan that has been implemented.  

Special Education Services

Notice of Child Find
The Unified School District of De Pere must locate, identify, and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.  The school district has a special education screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school.  Upon request, the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated from high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request for a screening may be made by contacting Jerry Nicholson, Director of Pupil Services, at 983-2456 or by writing him at De Pere Schools, Office of Pupil Services, 1700 Chicago Street, De Pere, WI   54115.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides.  Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.  The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.  Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides.  Referral of a child residing in the Unified School District of De Pere may be sent to Jerry Nicholson, Director of Pupil Services at the address above.
Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children.  Each child's motor, communication, and social skills are observed at various play areas.  Each child is weighed and measured, and the child's hearing and vision is checked.  The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child's current development and to provide suggestions for follow-up activities.  Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families.  The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.  The De Pere District Child Development Days screening program for preschoolers takes place each spring.  Dates will be advertised when the schedule is set.

Service For Children with Disabilities

Early Childhood Special Education Programs

Services are available to children ages three through five who have been identified as having significant delays in development.  The goal is to provide children with early help through specialized educational intervention.

Speech and Language Services

Speech and Language Pathologists work with children who demonstrate significant delays in the acquisition or production of normal speech and/or language skills relative to chronological age and mental or physical ability.  From the preschool through secondary level, the speech and language pathologists address problems which include:  language development, communication skills, stuttering and articulation.

Learning Disabilities Program

Variation in the acquisition and mastery of basic academic skills can normally be expected among students at every grade level; however, students who have tested ability in the average or above average range and who still demonstrate significant delays in basic academic subjects, may qualify for specific learning disabilities programming if their problem is not primarily attributable to a physical or health deficit, emotional behavioral or motivational factors.

Emotionally / Behavioral Disabilities Program

Students who frequently demonstrate chronic and severe behaviors which significantly interfere with their learning may qualify for this program.  Teachers who specialize in this area are available for the instruction of academic and affective skills, consultation with regular education staff, and diagnostic evaluations.

Cognitive Disabilities Program

Students with significantly below average general intellectual ability in conjunction with significant delays in academic skills and adaptive behavior may qualify for this category.  Programs are available in integrated classes at the primary, middle and high school levels within the district, as well as in other locations through the cooperation of several neighboring school districts and at Syble Hopp School.

Hearing and Visually Impaired

Students with significant physical limitations of their auditory and visual senses may qualify for special programs within the district.  Severely impaired students may qualify for services in more specialized out-of-district programs.

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Occupational and physical therapy are only available on an as needed basis as a supportive or related service to those students qualifying for services under a disability area.