Friday, June 6, 2014
I was surprised and honored to receive an email from the editor of the Special Ed Connection publication. I learned he was writing an article about how blogging can be useful to Special Education Directors and that he discovered my blog and wanted to use me as a reference. Pretty cool! Here is the resulting article. Now I just need to find time to post regular updates. :)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Since I like to end things on a positive note, the OEC commended our District for:
- Excellent use of the District's website to convey information about policies, procedures and recent news relating to special education;
- Developing an internal monitoring system that identifies and corrects issues of noncompliance and promotes best practices for IEP development;
- Excellent communication with school sites regarding the development and implementation of IEPs;
- Surrogate parent policies that meet regulatory requirements;
- Making District forms available in Spanish;
- Good practices relating to confidentiality of student records and record access at the District level;
- Diligent work in staffing our special services programs with appropriately certified and highly qualified personnel;
- Meaningful parent participation in the IEP process;
- Ensuring required parties participate in the IEP team meetings;
- Adhering to IEP procedures and timelines;
- Considering special factors;
- Disciplining students with disabilities;
- Updating post-secondary goals annually and using age appropriate transition assessments;
- Appropriately documenting transition services and courses of study in the IEP;
- Implementing IEPs as drafted by IEP teams;
- Sending appropriate and timely progress reports;
- Providing general education teachers notice of accommodations and behavior intervention plans; and,
- ]Recording the provision of specialized instruction and related services throughout the District.
Monday, January 13, 2014
According to South Carolina statute 59-63-220, "Any district board may confer upon any administrator the authority to suspend a pupil from a teacher's class or from the school not in excess of ten days for any one offense and for not more than thirty days in any one school year but no such administrator may suspend a pupil from school during the last ten days of a year if the suspension will make the pupil ineligible to receive credit for the school year without the approval of the school board unless the presence of the pupil constitutes an actual threat to a class or a school or a hearing is granted within twenty four hours of the suspension."
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Today is the second day of on-site monitoring in the School District of Oconee County conducted by South Carolina's Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children. Yesterday, the team conducted group interviews with parents, administrators, and special education providers and reviewed special education records for compliance. Today, the majority of the team is conducting IEP implementation monitoring on the following campuses: Northside Elementary, Keowee Elementary, West-Oak Middle, West-Oak High, Walhalla Middle, and Walhalla High. A concluding conference with me, the Special Education Director, will take place sometime this afternoon. I'm looking forward to the feedback that will help our department in our continuous efforts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and support to our special educators and administrators.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The School District of Oconee County completed the pre-collection data submission process for on-site monitoring on October 31, 2013. Therefore, we are expecting our list of participating schools and students any day now. Student records selected for participation will come from two elementary, two middle, and two high schools in our district. The subset of 35 to 50 students will include students who, in the past year, have:
*transitioned from Part C to B (were receiving services before the age of 3 through Baby Net then were determined eligible for an Individualized Education Plan and were placed as a child with a disability in our district no later than their 3rd birthday)
*received an initial evaluation
*been removed from school more than 10 days or have been placed at an alternative placement
*reached age of majority
*revoked consent for services
A broad range of students will be selected to include different grade levels (preschool through high school), different eligibility categories, different levels of least restrictive environment, and different schools and settings. Transition services will also be reviewed when applicable.
Monday, November 4, 2013
1. Complete special education file
2. Attendance records for the past year
3. Current class schedule
4. Evidence of service provision (for current school year)
5. Incident Management reports from PowerSchool
Individual schools will need to consider who will gather and present this information. For example, for items 2, 3, and 5, in some schools it may be easier for the PowerSchool operator to print the information in advance then give it to the special education teacher who will keep all records together for each student selected. We should have our list of participating schools and students selected within the next two weeks. School District of Oconee County administrators are encouraged to contact Marge Bright, Director of Special Services, with any questions related to the on-site monitoring process.