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Special Education Services

Overview
Fair Grove Public Schools acknowledges the need to create learning environments that are individualized and promote the success of all students. It is the desire of the Fair Grove district to engage parents and students in the educational process as they prepare to make a contribution in a global society. Fair Grove has received the Distinction in Performance award and continues to strive for academic excellence.

We believe:

  • It is the nature of all people to learn
  • All people are entitled to respect
  • All people have equal worth
  • Learning always leads to opportunity
  • People thrive in a caring environment
  • Everyone deserves the opportunity to maximize his/her unique abilities
  • Success requires constant improvement
  • Growth requires risk
  • All people deserve a fair return on their investment of effort, time and resources

Early Childhood Special Education
(Information from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
School districts and other public agencies responsible for providing special education must offer a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children who have been identified as eligible under the eligibility criteria outlined in the Missouri State Plan for Special Education as early as a child's third birthdate. Special Education and related services for preschool age is referred to as early childhood special education (ECSE).

School Aged Special Education Services
If you are concerned that your student may have an educational disability then please contact the student’s teacher, building principal, or Director of Student Services. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has a flowchart of the process. Fair Grove R-X School district utilizes a Response to Intervention Model in grades K-4 and a more traditional discrepancy model in grades 5-12.

Response to Intervention
As part of the model in the elementary school, universal screenings are completed on each student three times a year. Additionally, any student who falls below the 25th percentile (below average range) is progress monitored on a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis.

If a student is not making adequate progress, a referral will be initiated to the student assistance team (SAT team).

The Student Assistance Team reviews and analyzes progress monitoring data to determine a student’s response to intervention. They investigate individual student growth results to inform next steps in a student’s intervention plan. Analyzing data, assuring treatment fidelity and documenting communication are all important components of this group. The Student Assistance Team includes: School Psychologist/Director of Student Services, Building Principal, Interventionists, Classroom Teacher, Speech/Language Pathologist, and Parent. As a parent, you are welcome to come participate in the SAT team meetings regarding your child.

Key expectations for Student Assistance Team:

  • Support referring teacher
  • Analyze progress monitoring data
  • Adhere to the process of problem solving
  • Determine student’s response to intervention
  • Make instructional changes as determined by individual need
  • Create additional intervention plans for students

It is important to note that elementary students can receive general education intervention services in all areas.