Welcome to Seymour Community Schools Special Education!
Welcome to the world of Special Education for Seymour Community Schools. My name is Mika Ahlbrand and I am the Director of Special Education. Before becoming the Director, I was a Special Education Teacher for 10 years and also taught 1st Grade at Jackson Elementary School.
Assistant Director of Special Education:
Office & Fax: (812)522-0814
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Office & Fax (812)522-0814
**Our Office & Fax are the same number - it will sound like a fax when you call.
Special Education Information
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Janet Duggins Special Education Administrative Assistant.
Special Education Staff Directory
Attached is a list of all SCSC Special Education Staff for the 2016-2017School Year.
Seymour Community Schools Special Programs provides students with identified disabilities, a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets state standards listed in Indiana's special education rules called "Article 7". Article 7 is based on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the federal regulations. Article 7 consists of rules describing how special education and related services are to be determined and provided by Indiana's public schools.
A student identified with disabilities may receive special education services from the public school from the time the student is 3 until he or she is 22 years of age. School personnel or the parent may refer a student for an initial educational evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, a case conference committee meets to decide if a student is eligible for special education services. During the meeting, the committee develops the student's individualized educationl plan (IEP) and discusses the need for related services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, transportation, etc.
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
Founded in June 1988
To increase recognition and understanding of children, youth and adults with special needs.
Develop positive attitudes
Offer a scholarship to a student with a special need or a student planning to study special education or an associated therapy
A student may be referred for special programs by parents, teachers, school personnel, or other agencies. Referrals can not be processed without the written consent of the child's legal parent or guardian.
To be eligible for special programs, a Case Conference Committee must meet to discuss evaluations to determine if the student meets one or more of the following disability areas:
Special Education in Home Schools or Private Schools
Did you know?
Annual Parent Survey
Please complete the online Parent Survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Education after your Annual Case Conference.
See DOE Annual Parent Survey Link on the right under Special Education Resources
Indiana DOE Parent Rights Website
Indiana Department of Education Notice of Procedural Safeguards or "Parent Rights" will be offered at all case conferences.
Important Parent Information
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
To access services for persons with developmental disabilities, such as residential services or supported employment, or for questions regarding case management or the Medicaid waiver, contact the District office nearest you.
Seclusion & Restraint Policy
The School Board believes that maintaining an orderly, safe environment is conducive to learning and is an appropriate expectation of all school employees within the school corporation. The Board recognizes that there are times when it becomes necessary for employees to use reasonable restraint and/or seclusion to protect a student from causing harm to themselves or to others.
Seclusion and physical restraint as defined in this policy shall be used only as a last resort as a means of maintaining a safe and orderly environment for learning and only to the extent necessary to preserve the imminent safety of students and others. Positive behavior interventions and supports and conflict de-escalation methods shall be used regularly to minimize the need for use of restraints and seclusions. The use of these methods must be done before the use of restraints and seclusions. School employees must make every effort to prevent the need for use of restraints and seclusion on students.
**We will be documenting the use of Seclusion & Restraint through a Google Form. See Links under Special Education Resources to the right.
**Copies of the Restraint Reporting Form need to be sent to the parent, Building Administrator, & Mika.