Special Services MTSS 504
Our school has a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) team which accepts referrals/suggestions from parents and teachers concerning students who are experiencing educational and/or behavioral difficulties. Students whose disabilities meet state and federal guidelines will be offered special education services as determined by an IEP (individualized education plan) committee consisting of the child’s parents and school personnel. Please contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator to communicate a parent concern.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504):
Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with certain disabilities can learn and participate in settings like other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for services under Section 504, a student must have a condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A team decides if a student is eligible. The team should include the student’s parent or legal guardian, the student (if able), and others who know the student or know about the student’s disability, such as a teacher, a school counselor, a school nurse, and other school staff. If the student is eligible, the team develops an individual accommodation plan. The individual accommodation plan explains how the student’s needs will be met while at school and may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. To learn more about Section 504, contact the Office of Special Services at 803-425-8925.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
Students, ages 3 through 21 years, may receive services under the IDEA if the student needs special education (specially designed instruction) and related services to benefit from his or her educational program. A team decides if a student qualifies for services under the IDEA. The team includes the student’s parent or legal guardian, teachers, and other school staff. The team develops an individualized education program (IEP) if the student meets federal and state requirements. The IEP outlines a plan for helping the student receive a free appropriate public education and meet goals set by the team. The IEP may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. Contact your child’s principal or the Office of Special Services at the 803-425-8925 to learn more about IDEA.