WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES?
Special education services are provided to students with disabilities in grades Kindergarten through age 21. Special education and general education staff work together to provide needed services for eligible students and ensure that services are aligned with federal and state requirements. Our multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral services is dependent on a strong, collaborative relationship between general and special education staff.
WHAT SERVICES MIGHT STUDENTS RECEIVE?
Centennial provides a full continuum of special education and related services. All services are developed by a student team and outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Our special education program is coordinated with other services such as English Language Learners (ELL) and Title IA programs.
WHERE DO STUDENTS RECIEVE THEIR SERVICES AND SUPPORTS?
Most students are educated in their neighborhood school. A small number of students are served in specialized programs, both within and outside of the district.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY CHILD?
If parents are concerned about their child’s academic and/or behavioral progress, they should first contact their child’s teacher. Every effort is made to assess all students for level of need and to provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on that identified need. Some students who do not respond to initial instruction over time may need additional interventions. If at any time the school or parent has reason to suspect a disability, a referral for a special evaluation may be initiated.
Centennial has a full continuum of supports and services for students who are eligible for special education services. These supports and services include:
- Mental Health Consultants
- Special Education Teachers (Learning Specialists)
- Speech Pathologists
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Educational Assistants
- Records Managers
The K-6 Supported Classroom is located in Parklane Elementary school. It is a self-contained alternative placement option for Centennial School District’s primary age students who are working on developing appropriate social/behavioral skills and require mental health services.
The school district has a partnership with Multnomah County for Trillium Family Services to provide behavior support and counseling to students and families of the supported classroom. The goal of the programs is to provide a safe, respectful, and responsible environment where students can develop age appropriate skills they can transfer successfully into a general education setting.
The Structured Skills Classroom is located at Butler Creek Elementary. This self-contained class serves students kindergarten to 6th grade who need additional support to be successful in the school environment.
- The student to staff ratio is low to allow individual and small group instruction to help the students meet their individual goals. These range from academic goals to increasing independence in functional living skills.
- The classroom is closely linked to the related service fields of speech and language, occupational and physical therapy. Additional support comes through Columbia Regional and MESD services.
- The classroom is well equipped to handle sensory programs, feeding protocols and mobility concerns.
- The goal of the class is to provide a safe, supportive, structured environment where the student’s needs are met as they work toward their individual goals.
- The students are valued by the school community and enjoy frequent opportunities for interaction with their peers in the general education classrooms.
The Turnstyles and Mainstreet classrooms at the Centennial Learning Center are supported educational programs for middle and high school students. The classrooms are a combined effort between Trillium Family Services and a learning specialist from the Centennial Learning Center. Students eligible for the program are currently being served by special education and have a recognized need for mental health services.
The programs provide hands-on learning, community serivce, and individualized instruction. The Trillium program provides group work in the classroom, individual therapy, family out-reach and case management.
School districts must locate and identify individuals who have disabilities from birth to age 21. If you, or someone you know, has a child with a disability who may be in need of special education and related services, you can initiate a referral through your local schools.
- Centennial School District at 503-760-7990
- Multnomah Early Childhood Program (East County) at 503-261-5535
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S RESPONSIBILITY?
Public schools will ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible for kindergarten through 21 years of age, residing within their attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate pubic education in the least restrictive environment. The rights of children with disabilities and their parents will be protected in accordance with state and federal law.
The Counseling and Guidance Program in Centennial School District is based on the Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Framework. Centennial counselors, child development specialists and school staff are restructuring traditional guidance and counseling services in a way that enables all students to become engaged in and excited about school.
Counselors, child development specialists and school staff help students identify their strengths, skills, talents, interests, goals, and dreams, and develop a plan, based on those things, that they use to direct their learning experiences, Kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond. These plans then become an integrated and key part of the school culture. Students use their plans to focus in on what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they will use it in their futures. Teachers use these plans to develop relevant curriculum, adjust their teaching styles, and to connect with students.
Counselors and staff also want to ensure that all students have at least one caring adult who mentors them and helps them with their plans. All of this is coordinated by the school counselor or child development specialist and ultimately will improve attendance, grades, and graduation rates, and lay the groundwork for students to become successful adults after they graduate from high school.
To learn more about Centennial District’s Counseling and Guidance Program or if you have specific questions or concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor.
MCKINNEY VENTO HOMELESS SERVICES
Homeless children and youth experience a lack of a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence wihich includes living in:
- a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
- in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
- doubled up with friends or relatives
Homeless students have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. These rights include:
- Attend school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. Students must be given access to the same public education provided to other students
- Receive transportation assistance to the school the student attended at the time the student became homeless or the school within the boundaries where the student is temporarily living
- Participate in school programs with students who are not homeless. Students cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless
- Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other students served in these programs
DISTRICT CONTACT: Lori Palmiter 503-762-3632
STATE COORDINATOR: Oregon Department of Education, 503-378-3600 ext 2700