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District Office: 89 Midland Drive  |  Norwich, NY 13815 | P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652
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Special Programs Questions and Answers

1) QWhat types of prorams are provided?

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The Special Programs Department provides services for special needs, Section 504, and English Language Learners (ELL) students. Special education is available to students who meet the eligibility requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A full continuum of program options is available to meet the needs of individuals with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment. Classes are located in all buildings within the Norwich City School District. District placements allow opportunities for students to be mainstreamed with their non-disabled peers according to individual strengths and interests. Opportunities to integrate within the school program are abundant. Eligible students have access to prevocational and vocational work experiences.

The Special Programs Department provides appropriate educational programs and services, which will enable all children:

•to become self-sufficient to the extent their disabilities permit;
•to realize their potential;
•to attain self-worth and personal dignity; and
•to become participating members of their families and society.
Special education also includes related services that are developmental, corrective, and supportive which are required to assist a child in benefiting from special education. These related services include, but are not limited to, speech-language therapy, audiology, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, counseling services, parent counseling and education, and transportation. All services are provided at no cost to parents.

To Place a Referral, Please Contact:

Director of Special Programs at 607.334.1600 x5411

2) QWhat is Special Class 15:1:1?

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15:1:1 Special Class is a program at the Norwich High School that provides classified students the opportunity to take self-contained classes where the course curriculum has been modified and/or individualized to meet the learning needs of each student. The following courses are currently offered in English 9/10, English 11/12, Global Studies I, Global Studies II, United States History and Government, Basic General Math, and Consumer Math. Each class is 20 weeks in length and counts as one full credit towards a local diploma (safety net for classified students). The course content and curriculum for each class are in alignment with the New York State Standards, as well as the general education curriculum. If you should have any questions concerning the 15:1:1 program, please contact John Martinson at the High School at 334-1600, x6033.

3) QWhat are Self-Contained Classrooms?

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Self Contained Classrooms - The Norwich City Schools offers a 12:1:1 program in each building utilizing the staffing pattern of 12 students, 1 teacher and 1 aide, and an 8:1:1 program at Stanford Gibson utilizing 8 students, 1 teacher and 1 aide.

4) QWhat is a Consultant Teacher?

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Direct Consultant Teacher (DCT) services are for the purpose of providing direct and/or indirect services to students with disabilities enrolled in regular education classes, including career and technical education. Such services shall be recommended by the Committee on Special Education to meet specific needs of such students and shall be included in the student's individualized education program (IEP).

5) QWhat is a Resource Room?

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Resource Room programs are for supplementing the regular or special classroom instruction of students with disabilities who are in need of such supplemental programs.

6) QWhat are Related Services?

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Related Services means developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a student with a disability and includes speech-language pathology, audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling services, orientation and mobility services, medical services as defined in this section, parent counseling and training, school health services, school nurse services, school social work, assistive technology services, appropriate access to recreation, including therapeutic recreation, other appropriate developmental or corrective support services, and other appropriate support services and includes the early identification and assessment of disabling conditions in students.
Norwich City School District
District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652

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