Special Education/IESP

Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy acknowledges and celebrates the wide variety of learning styles that students bring with them, and we demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of all students by providing appropriate practices and services. 

These guidelines are as of September 1st 2018 and can be changed at any time.

Testing Accommodations:

At this time, HCJCA can only accommodate testing accommodations for Diocesan Standardized Tests (Terranovas) and New York State Assessments (Grades 4, 6, and 7). Testing accommodations in most cases cannot be made for local exams, quizzes, or other assessments . To be considered for testing accommodations, an up to date IESP is needed or a completed up to date 504 form needs to be filled out. Teachers make every effort to honor extended time testing accommodations on local tests. However, not all accommodations can be honored for all tests. A separate testing location can only be provided during NYS testing and Terra Nova Testing. Other testing accommodations will be honored when possible within the classroom.

SETSS Services

Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) are specially designed and supplemental instruction provided by a special education teacher. These services help your child stay in the general education classroom while receiving services from a special education teacher. The special education teacher may work directly with your child to support participation in a general education classroom and provide direct specially designed and supplemental instruction to your child. This may include adapting the content being taught or using different instructional methods.  The special education teacher may also work with your child’s general education teacher to adjust the learning environment and/ or modify and adapt instructional techniques and methods to meet your child’s individual needs.  SETSS may be provided in the general education classroom, or in a separate location outside of the general education classroom or in any combination of general education classroom and a separate location; When SETSS are provided in a group, the group may not include more than eight students;  Your child’s IESP must state the number of periods a week that the services will be provided, whether those services will be provided directly with your child or indirectly with his or her general education teacher and where the services will be provided.  It is expected that SETSS teachers communicate regularly with parents to keep them informed of what is being covered during sessions either by email or by communication notebook. Sessions will be reflective of what is happening in the classroom and IESP goals. Testing will not occur during SETSS sessions.  If schedule changes are made during the school day due to programs created by the school, make up sessions can occur during lunch periods with parent approval. If schedule changes are necessary due to absences by SETSS providers, make up sessions will be scheduled either during lunch with parent approval or directly with parents outside of the school day.

Related Services: Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech

Related services are provided to advance the achievement of a student with a disability in connection with his or her educational program. The objective of related services is to help maximize each student’s ability to achieve his or her educational goals. Related services should be delivered in the least restrictive environment, and as much as appropriate, schools should integrate them into the classroom. Related services should be closely coordinated with the student’s teachers, other instructional personnel, and parents/guardians in support of instructional goals. Each related service should be reassessed annually in conjunction with the review of the student’s IESP. The following are examples of related services that may be recommended:

Counseling: Helps students recognize and change behaviors that get in the way of learning. Counseling is recommended for students who have social-emotional difficulties that significantly limit their ability to participate in school.

Occupational Therapy: This will help your child maintain, improve or restore adaptive and functional skills, including fine motor skills and oral motor skills in all educational activities.

Physical Therapy: Helps students improve their physical ability, such as balance and coordination, so they can participate in the classroom and other school activities. These services must be prescribed by a physician.

Speech/Language Therapy: Services to help in the way your child understands sounds and language (called auditory processing), or with articulation or phonological skills, comprehension, use of syntax, pragmatics, voice production and fluency.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Evaluation Process

Procedures for Requesting an Evaluation

Converting an IEP to an IESP

IEP to IESP Conversion Process