Educational Support Services in the Great Valley School District
The Great Valley School District is committed to working with parents to provide our students with quality educational experiences that will encourage them to be successful learners. In line with this commitment, a variety of services have been implemented to address the needs of students who need specialized instruction in order to experience success in the learning process.
CHILD STUDY TEAMS AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT TEAMS
Students in need of additional support are initially assisted through child study or instructional support teams. Parents are encouraged to be active members of these teams. Meetings are held regularly to analyze students' learning difficulties and to develop strategies to help students meet with success in their regular education classes. At grades K through 8 the instructional support team concept is utilized, while in grades 9 to 12 the child study team is the first line of intervention.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM EVALUATION
Students who may require special education services are referred by the instructional support team or child study team for a multidisciplinary evaluation of their learning needs.
This evaluation gathers pertinent information on the child's performance from teachers, counselors, psychologists, and parents. Information is compiled into a comprehensive evaluation report that includes recommendations on the child's eligibility for Special Education Services. All information collected is protected in accordance with State and Federal law and by the District's policy on confidentiality of student records. In order to request a multidisciplinary team evaluation for a school age child, a parent should contact their child's teacher, guidance counselor, instructional support teacher, or principal. The initial involvement of the child study team or instructional support team however, is recommended to be an important first step in assessing a student's educational strengths and needs.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
The Great Valley School District provides special education services for all eligible students in grades K — 12. Special education programs are either operated by our school district or the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Students with more significant needs receive their education at Approved Private Schools. Services by disability area are as follows: