Our Mission Statement
Our mission, in partnership with home and community, is to educate each child in a safe and nurturing environment where we will foster respect and self-worth, teach skills relevant to contemporary life, promote academic success and creative expression, encourage an appreciation of the rich cultural diversity of our global community, an instill a sense of wonder for the future thus enabling our students to become responsible citizens.
The vision of the Student Services Department at Forest Park Schools District #91 is to develop a climate that celebrates diversity and individuality of all children by providing high quality instruction matched to meet the needs of each student. This instruction will ensure the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, the ability to meet individual needs with the purpose of maintaining health and wellness, and the skills to develop positive social relationships in order to contribute to society.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides for a free and appropriate education for all students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Forest Park Schools #91 offers a full continuum of services to provide for students with special needs.
Resource services are provided for students who require special education services for less than 50% of the school day. The Resource Teacher provides the eligible student with additional instruction in the general curriculum, additional instruction using an alternate curriculum, drill and review on core academic content areas and makes any of the curriculum modifications or adaptations needed to assist the student in the general education classroom. Resource teachers also provide consultation to classroom teachers and may co-teach or provide small group instruction within the general education classroom.
Instructional classrooms are provided for students who require special education services or more than 50% of the school day.
Alternative or private placements may be appropriate to meet the needs of some students. Within our schools, we have classes for cross-categorical special education for all grades. We also have an early childhood program for children with special needs from ages three to five.
Speech and Language Therapist - completes screenings and diagnostic evaluations to determine the need for speech and language therapy; provides speech therapy in the school setting; is a member of the team which identifies the need for special education services
Social Worker - addresses social-emotional issues which may interfere with academic progress; meets with students in groups and/or individually; is an integral member of the PBIS system; completes social-emotional diagnostic studies; is a member of the team which identifies the need for special education services
Occupational Therapist - works with students with fine motor, sensory integration, and self-regulation issues; is a member of the team which identifies the need for special education services
Autism and Behavioral Consultants - work with students with autism on discrete trials and behavior management; consult with classroom teachers and assistants to provide the supports necessary to promote success for the child
Physical Therapist - provides physical therapy for students with disabilities which interfere with the physical aspects of school functioning
Vision Itinerant – provides services and adaptive materials for students with visual impairments to enable them to participate in the general education setting
Hearing Itinerant - provides services and adaptive materials for students with hearing impairments to enable them to participate in the general education setting
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Director of Student Services
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Assistant Director of Student Services
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Student Services Secretary
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