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From The Executive Director
of Student Services
Rhonda Gdowski, Ed. D.
STUDENT SERVICES CHILD FIND
It is a law in Nebraska that Special Education Services (SPED) must be provided for children who have a verified disability which has an adverse affect on their education. Special Education services may be made available from birth or date of diagnosis through the student's 21st birthday, or as long as the student is deemed eligible while attending a school district program. Fremont Public Schools provides many services and programs for special needs students at all grade levels from preschool through senior high school. Diagnostic services are also available to determine if a child is eligible for SPED services under Federal and State verification guidelines. For children who have been evaluated and determined to have a verified disability, the district will provide reevaluation at least once every three years to determine if the student continues to qualify for SPED services.
For any student (regular and special education) who is experiencing academic, social/emotional, or behavioral difficulty in school, a referral for assistance may be made by a parent, teacher, the student, or other staff members. A "Student Assistant Team" (SAT) meeting is then scheduled to discuss the relevant issues, and an intervention plan is developed if needed. Members of the SAT team may include, but is not limited to, the teacher(s), principal, Director of Student Services, counselor, school psychologist, parents, or other specialists or staff as appropriate. The plan is then implemented within the student's classroom(s). The intervention plan and progress of the student are reviewed, the plan is revised if necessary, and the SAT team determines what if any further interventions or evaluations may be needed. If the student's performance has improved and is deemed satisfactory, then no further action or evaluation is necessary. The SAT process is available for any student at any time he or she may be experiencing significant difficulty and it is designed to further identify and accommodate the individual needs of each student referred. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of students within the general programs, and referral for special education assessment is available when appropriate.
Special Education services represent several but not all of the student support services available under the umbrella of "Student Services." District-wide Student Services programs include: Speech/Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Teacher/Consultant for the Blind/Visually Impaired, the Pathfinder Program (programming for studentswith behavioral/emotional disabilities), English Language Learners (ELL) for limited English speaking students, Health Services, Gifted/High Ability Learners, Alternative Programs, Elementary Counseling Services, Early Childhood Services (birth to age five special needs children), Extended School Year Services, Assistive Technology, Student Records, and Home-School Liaison (licensed social worker).
If you have questions about SPED and/or Student Services, please contact the Student Services Office at 727-3084.