Special Education and related services are provided to eligible students with disabilities from birth to age 21.ÌýThese services are present within our schools and designed to meet each studentâ€™s unique educational needs as identified in their Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) / Individual Education Program (IEP). Special Education in ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ is specially designed instruction enabling our students to make educational growth as engaged learners.
Dr. Terry Houlton
Director of Special Education
Dr. Amanda Hunt
Coordinator - Early Childhood Education
Dr. Carrie Novotny-BussÌý
Coordinator - Elementary Special Education
Leader Administrator of MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports)
Dr. Ted Esser
Coordinator - Secondary Special Education
Dr. Kristy Feden
Coordinator - Young Adult Program
Secretary for Early Childhood & Elementary Special Education
Secretary to the Psychologists, Young Adult Program & Special Education Transportation
Secretary - Special Education Records
Facilitator - Elementary Special Education
Facilitator - Elementary Special Education
Facilitator - Middle School Special Education
Facilitator - High School Special Education
Department Chair - B-21 Speech/Language
Facilitator - B-21 Autism
Facilitator- K-12 MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports)
These government agencies, links and organizationsÌýoffer resources for families.Ìý
- Current Parents Rights information
- Nebraska Special Education Law
- Rules of Practice and Procedure for due Process Hearings in Special Education Contested Cases
- Regulations and Standards For The Provision of Early Intervention Services
- Parent Training and Information - a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs
If you, as a district resident in the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ School District, know of infants, toddlers or school-age children you feel should be enrolled in special education because of a suspected disability, please contact the Special Education Department at the Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137 or call (402) 715-8302. Students attending nonpublic schools in ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ School District boundaries may be referred for an evaluation by ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ or their resident district.
Special Education services are provided at each school. Ìý²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ provides a full continuum of services for school aged students with disabilities.
Students with disabilities who are assigned to a general education classroom and spend most of their day in that setting can be provided services through the Resource Program. ÌýSupports and services are provided in identified areas on studentsâ€™ IEPs and can be implemented by the special education teacher, the general education teacher, or a paraprofessional in either the general education classroom or a small group setting.
Structured Behavior Skills ProgramÌý
Some students with challenges in the area of behavior may benefit from more intensive supports and services. ÌýThe Structured Behavior Skills (SBS) program is available at various cluster sites within the District.
Key features of this placement include smaller class size with lower staff to student ratio in order to support their individualized behavior modification programs, social skills instruction and frequent opportunities to participate with general education peers at their assigned building. General education curriculum is initially provided in a small group setting provided by our SBS teachers and students continue to have access to other layers of support to support their instructional needs. IEP teams determine placement in this specialized setting based on a childâ€™s individual needs and response to multi-tiered systems of supports within their home school.
Alternate Curriculum Programs
Student placement in an Alternate Curriculum Program (ACP) is considered by the IEP team when a child has a significant cognitive disability that impacts intellectual function and adaptive behavior. Their curriculum and instruction is aligned to the Nebraska Extended IndicatorsÌýand the student requires extensive, direct instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains on the Nebraska College and Career Academic Standards for the grades in which they are enrolled. Features of the Alternate Curriculum Program include an alternate curriculum aligned with Nebraska Extended Indicators that are individualized to each childâ€™s instructional needs in a small group setting and an emphasis on inclusionary practices to the most appropriate extent possible as determined by the IEP team.
Young Adult Program
The ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Young Adult Program Ìýprovides transition services to young adults ages 18 to 21 who qualify for Special Education services. The goal of the Young Adult Program is to provide students with the skills and resources necessary to live and work as successfully and independently as possible within their community. ÌýAgency involvement is critical for the young adults. Representatives from different agencies may participate in Individual Educational Program meetings and Multidisciplinary Team meetings to provide more information about the services and options available for after graduation. For additional information contact Hayley Mentzer, Coordinator of Young Adult Program, at 402-715-6330.
Related services are support services identified to assist students with disabilities in order to benefit from their special education program. ÌýIn ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ, these services can include speech/language services, physical and occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, vision services, audiological services, and assistive technology. ÌýIEP teams determine eligibility for related services based on individual student needs.
²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ provides autism consultation to staff and families of identified students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ÌýThis service supports students in various settings throughout the District. The consultation includes assistance with development and implementation of the IEP for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on Evidence Based Practices in the field.
The Special Education Community Focus Group consists of parent representatives and special education staff. ÌýAn attempt is made to balance the group so that there is broad representation with individuals from each high school feeder area (North, South, West), disability areas, and grade levels (below-age-five, elementary school, middle school, high school, & young adult transition program). Ìý
The vision for the group is that by working collaboratively together we can inform the education of our students with disabilities so that they can maximize their potential. Ìý
The Special Education Community Focus Group holds four committee meetings and engages in two parent meetings/trainings each school year. ÌýThe meetings focus on items which have district-wide implications. The focus group does not discuss issues related to an individual student. ÌýThose issues should be resolved through the IEP Team process and building administration.