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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Springville Community Academy to Focus on Children with IEPS and High Ability Students

SPRINGIVLLE - AUGUST 15, 2022 - There is a large enrollment of Special Education Students at the Springville Academy. Due to the high enrollment the Springville Academy voted to hire Courtney LeRoy as the special education aide.

Springville Community Academy board member Jerry Hill wanted assurances that the school is communicating and keeping parents in communication in regard to the child's IEP.

The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a written document that’s developed for each public-school child who is eligible for Special Education. The IEP is created through a team effort and reviewed at least once a year.

Before an IEP can be written, your child must be eligible for special education. By federal law, a multidisciplinary team must determine that (1) she’s a child with a disability and (2) she requires special education and related services to benefit from the general education program.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law, requires certain information to be included in the IEP but doesn’t specify how the IEP should look. Because states and local school systems may include additional information, forms differ from state to state and may vary between school systems within a state.

Parents have become frustrated over the last couple of years with the lack of communication and school systems particularly making sure the IEP is followed.

The transition during the North Lawrence Community Schools which discontinued Joint Services have complicated the situation for special education students and their parents.

" I want to assure the parents our school is very focused not only on students with IEP's but the high ability students that go here," said Jayme Davis Academy Administrator.

High abilities refer to students whose ability is more advanced than those of similar aged students across one or more domains. The domains include intellectual ability, speed of learning, and complex thinking patterns.

The goal is to make Springville Community Academy a place for learning to take place and educational experience for students of all abilities to thrive.

" More important we want our students once they leave our educational facilities to be able to thrive in whatever they pursue," Davis added.

Communications and making sure the child's IEP are maintained, adapted as necessary and the parents are included in the progress of that student, will always be a priority of the Springville Community Academy.

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