The Wooster City School District provides an extensive program of special education support and related services along a continuum of settings. Approximately 16 percent of our students are identified as having special needs.
Special Education: Teacher-based teams co-plan to co-serve through proactive instructional practices for each student within his or her grade level. Curriculum and instruction is rigorous, culturally responsive and universally designed for all students. Various resource-based methodologies are implemented as strategies to address specific student needs:
· Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques bring about meaningful and positive changes in student behavior.
· Sensory integration techniques provide the sensory input a student needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day.
· Strength-based instruction and integrated special education and mental health services address the social, emotional and academic learning needs of students.
Research-based practices are tailored to enhance the instructional capacities of all staff working with students presenting significant academic, social, emotional and/or behavioral needs.
Nursing: Nursing services are available at all of our school buildings. Our model includes an Akron Children’s Hospital District Registered Nurse. Each school building is also staffed with either a Registered Nurse or a Medical Assistant.
Additional Services: A comprehensive integrated continuum of services including speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology, English Language Learner (English as a second language), psychological services and clinical counseling is available for all eligible students. Guidance counselors are available for all K-12 students.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) provides for a free appropriate public education for all individuals with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. In order to be responsive to the diverse educational needs of all its students, the Student Services Department and Special Education services of Wooster City Schools provide a continuum of services to be considered in determining the appropriate educational services for each student. The level of need of the student determines the services.
Each year school districts throughout Ohio participate in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, birth through 21. A disability means there are conditions such as a multihandicap, hearing, visual, orthopedic, and/or other health handicap, severe behavior disorder and/or speech/language handicap. Many times children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of a community. Parents are not always aware that there are programs and services available for these children. If you know of a child who may have one or more of the above suspected disabilities, including pre-school age children, please contact the Student Services Department at 330-988-1111.