Special Services

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Dr. Vivian Relf
relfv@russellcsd.net
Director of Special Education

Problem Solving Team ( PST)

The Russell County School District’s Problem Solving Team (PST) provides immediate aid through an RTI plan for students in general education who are struggling academically and/or behaviorally.

Section 504

The federal Government developed section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a way to address the many disabilities not covered under IDEA. Section 504 is a far-reaching law that extends protection to individuals with disabilities in most aspect of their lives.

 Gifted Program

For more information on our Gifted Program, please read the Gifted Brochure

Special Education Forms and Links

The Special Education Department serves over 345 students from preschool to age twenty-one. The purpose is to identify, evaluate and appropriately instruct students with varying disabilities. For children with identified disabilities, a full range of educational support is available based on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). All services are in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Referrals and evaluations may be initiated by the Problem Solving Team (PST) classroom teacher, parent or other professionals. Eligibility is based on results of a battery of tests and is determined by an interdisciplinary committee. When eligible, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed and fully implemented in order to meet the individual needs of each student.

The Russell County School District provides services for students identified with at least one of the following exceptionality areas:

  • Autism
  • Deaf – Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment

A full range of related services is available to assist students with disabilities to benefit from special education and to receive a free and appropriate public education.

Section 504

The federal Government developed section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a way to address the many disabilities not covered under IDEA. Section 504 is a far-reaching law that extends protection to individuals with disabilities in most aspect of their lives.

The Russell County School District serves many students that qualify under the section 504 definitions. This law defines an individual with disabilities as anyone who experiences a mental, psychological, or physiological disorder that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Major life activities include the following:

  • Walking
  • Seeing
  • Speaking
  • Hearing
  • Breathing
  • Learning

Once a student has been identified as disabled under section 504 and an accommodation plan has been developed, the law requires that the school staff engage in good faith efforts to implement the plan.

The school board has a process in place to comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicaps. The Local Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp)1.edgov?CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm.

For more information you may contact your child’s school or the special services office at (706) 321-2266.

 

Special Services Child Find

What Is Child Find?

Child find is an effort by the Russell County School District to locate, identify and evaluate all children within its jurisdiction, 3 to 21 years of age, suspected of having a disability, to determine if he/she qualifies for special education services.  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Dr. Vivian Relf, Director of Special Services at (706) 321-2266.

Why Is Child Find important?

Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas:

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Deaf- Blindness
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Emotional Disability
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay

DIRECTIONS AND LINKS FOR REQUIRED TRAINING

Addressing Disproportionality in Alabama Public SchoolsProfessional Development has three components that must be conducted annually for all newly hired teachers, administrators, evaluators, and others, as appropriate.

Component One:

Addressing Disproportionality in Alabama Public Schools Awareness Presentation

Directions:

  1. Click the link or copy and paste into the URL window to download and view the presentation with notes. CLICK HERE

Component Two:

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

The IRIS Center Module Resources

Directions:

  1. Review Navigating an IRIS STAR Legacy Module                                                        (http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/home/navigating-the-iris-website/navigating-an-iris-star-legacy-module/)
  2. Classroom Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan

             Section 5 Assessment

Use a word document or your own paper to answer questions 1-5.

Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents.

  1. Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan

             Section 3 Perspectives & Resources Assessment

Once you have completed Perspectives & Resources return to page 9 to develop you own action plan. Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents.

Section 5 Assessment

Use a word document or your own paper to answer questions 1-5.

Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents.

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/beh2/cr_assess/#content

Component Three:

Makes Sense Strategies (MSS) Training

Directions:

  1. Go to the Alabama State Personnel Development Grant website
    Makes Sense Strategies Professional Developmenthttp://www.alspdg.org/makessense_strategies_training.html
  2. Follow the detailed instructions to complete the MSS video series PD

After completing all components, submit required documentation to Dr. Vivian Relf, Special Services Director - Seale Campus

For more information please contact the special services office at (706) 321-2266.