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Special Education

Romulus Community Schools provides Special Education Services for students who have been evaluated by a Multidisciplinary Team and identified through an Individual Education Planning Team (IEPT) as a student with a disability. The IEPT develops goals and objectives and decides the programs and services that are appropriate to meet the educational needs of the student.

Romulus Community Schools are committed to providing a challenging program for students with disabilities and hold high expectations for students with disabilities to achieve in the least restrictive environment. Special education services are provided in the general education setting to the fullest extent possible. All students should have a plan in place for successful adult living and lifelong learning after leaving high school.

Romulus offers the following programs for resident students with the following disabilities:

  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Health Impaired
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay.
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Students with disabilities who are in need of this type of support are offered a prescriptive program highlighted by the following:

  • Essential Resource support at elementary, middle and high school.
  • Categorical classrooms at the elementary and high school levels
  • Co-Teaching instruction at middle and high school.
  • Push-in special education services at the elementary level.
  • Vocational opportunities.
  • Transition Program Planning.
  • Parent Advisory Committee.
  • Professional development for instructional staff.

In addition to the categorical classrooms and resource support provided within Romulus, center-based programs are available to serve students whose needs require specialized services. Individual local districts may not have enough students to comprise an age appropriate classroom for low-incident students. Therefore students from other Wayne County districts are grouped together to form classrooms. This is a cooperative effort to best provide for students in the Western Wayne region. Programs that serve these students include:

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Physical Impairments
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Moderate to Severe Cognitive Impairment
  • Severe Multiple Impairments
  • Autistic Impairment
  • Severe Emotional Impairment
  • Dual Diagnosed
  • Cognitively/Emotionally Impaired

Early Childhood Special Education Program

An Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program serves preschool-aged children with disabilities who require a specialized classroom setting (i.e., their needs cannot be met in a typical preschool or day care setting.) This program is housed at the Merriman Elementary School. 

Special Services Parent Handbook is available at:

http://www.resa.net/sped/guidelines/parenthandbook.pdf

Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards are available at:

http://www.resa.net/sped/2006-07%20Forms/procedural%20safeguards.pdf

Child Study Team/Student Study Team

The Child Study Team (CST) at the Elementary level and Student Study Team at the secondary level, is a problem-solving process that may be used by teachers and parents to help address learning or behavioral differences.  At the CST or SST meeting, specific learning challenges are identified and intervention strategies are decided upon.  The CST/SST may reconvene as many times as necessary to resolve the concern.

IF YOU THINK YOUR STUDENT MAY NEED SPECIALIZED PROGRAMMING:

  • Meet with your child’s teacher or counselor.  Share your concerns and ideas.  Develop a plan for working together.
  • Share information you have from outside sources. School personnel welcome input from family doctors, tutors, private therapists, etc.
  • Talk with the principal.  Often he/she can work with parents and teachers to come up with helpful new strategies or mobilize additional resources.  You may wish to request a Child Study Team or Student Support Team meeting involving one or more of your child’s teachers.
  • Contact Special Services if you have specific questions about evaluations or programming under IDEA or Section 504. 
  • Questions about services to preschool aged children may also be addressed to the Special services office

Evaluations

Romulus Community Schools provides evaluations for students who are suspected of having a disability under IDEA (the federal special education law) and/or Section 504.  If there is reason to suspect that the student has a disability, staff and parents will use the Child Study Team process to recommend an evaluation.  If the intent of the evaluation is to access special education programs/services under IDEA or to determine eligibility for accommodations under Section 504, parental consent is required prior to evaluation.  Following the special education or Section 504 evaluation, a team meeting is held to review the evaluation data and develop an appropriate program for the student.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed to provide support for students who come from diverse language backgrounds.  The support services have been designed to meet ELL’s (English Language Learners) unique linguistic, academic, cognitive and social needs.
  • At the time of enrollment into the district, the parents of every student are required to complete a Home Language Survey.  Those surveys are reviewed to identify those students who may be potential ESL students.
  • Students are assessed for ELS using the Woodcock/Munoz Language proficiency assessment, which measures a student’s English language ability in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • ESL services are provided at each child’s school.
  • Participation in the ESL program is voluntary and parents have the right to withdraw their child at any time.

Early Childhood

Romulus Community Schools’ Pre-school Initiative is focused on providing opportunities and sharing information to help families raise children ready to experience success when they enter school. The district Pre-School Committee meets the third Monday of each month at 4:00 PM at Cory Elementary. Parents and community members are welcome to join. If you are interested in receiving an agenda and/or minutes to the meetings, please email your request tosjmitchell@romulus.k12.mi.us.  Romulus Community Schools partners with Wayne RESA through an Early Childhood initiative. Please notice website links, in the right hand column of this page, offering activities and resources for families in Wayne County that provide information to best prepare young children 0-5 for success in school.

Homebound Services

Homebound services are designed for short term illnesses.  Homebound teaching is for children who, for a minimum of two weeks, cannot attend school in the regular classroom.  Students receiving Homebound students are too ill to leave their home. They would be unable to participate in extracurricular activities or part-time employment.  If a student is able to participate in those activities it is reasonable to expect they could attend school.

The homebound teacher offers a chance for students to keep up to date with assignments and tests.  The classroom teacher prepares assignment and tests that the Homebound teacher will coordinate. Homebound services do not ensure that all credits will be acquired; some lab classes and participation classes are not maintainable in Homebound Services.  The classroom teacher makes the recommendation regarding this. It is the student’s responsibility to earn a passing grade when materials can be delivered through a Homebound instructor.