Columbia School District
Special Educaton and Student Services
Special Education and Student Services
The Student Services Department is committed to providing a continuum of specialized instruction, related services, and accommodations for students with disabilities that affords them the opportunity to meet the demands of the general education curriculum.
Through the collaboration of special and general education teachers and related services staff, we provide individually designed instruction that addresses both academic and social emotional learning.
We believe the most successful student outcomes will be the result of collaborative work between the student, parents and staff.
September 4, 2020
The Columbia School District will use current (and future) guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education's Adapt, Advance, Achieve Reopening document in determining appropriate programming for our students. Addendum 3 to the state document discusses how to plan for students with high needs during the upcoming school year. Per the document, students who may need individualized plans during in-person, hybrid or fully remote, including those students whose program might allow attendance more frequently during hybrid periods, include student who:
have experienced significant challenges accessing remote educational opportunities as a result of the impact of their learning challenges, behavior, and level of engagement;
require constant or consistent supervision by adults, often with an adult to student ratio of 1:1 or 2:1;
require physical assistance to learn and attend to their basic safety, health, and self-care needs (e.g., mealtime supports, toileting, medical interventions);
often present with skill deficits with functional communication via both verbal and nonverbal means, thus limiting their ability to effectively express feelings and symptoms of illness. Undetected illness may pose a safety risk to themselves and others;
exhibit significant behaviors that, at times, require an escort to safe areas or, in the case of emergency and only as a last resort physical restraint; and
may not be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), practice social distancing (in accordance with), or abide by other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CSDE reopening guidance
Special Education Teachers and Student Services Staff
Rivard-Lentz , Cheri
Spear, Kristin, (LMSW)
School Social Worker
Director of Special Education and Student Services