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    Lincoln Middle School

    International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

    Special Educational Needs Policy

     

    PHILOSOPHY

    It is the philosophy of both IB and Lincoln Middle School that every child can learn and will be provided with creative, thinking, and learning skills. These skills will enable them to become successful, self-sufficient, caring and reflective members of society, and productive contributors in the global community. Therefore, it is our vision, in the context of the inclusive nature of Lincoln Middle School and the learner-centered nature of IB instructions, that all students receive the necessary resource, guidance, accommodations, and differentiation needed to attain their highest level of personal success.

     

    Special Education (SPED)

    Lincoln International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme includes all students at Lincoln Middle School. Lincoln Middle School students come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and have special needs. These special needs include but are not limited to:

    · Specific learning disabilities

    · Language and communications disorders

    · Emotional and behavioral difficulties

    · Physical difficulties affecting mobility

    · Sensory impairments (such as visual or hearing)

    · Medical conditions (such as epilepsy and diabetes)

    · Mental health conditions (such ADHD or anxiety)

    · Autism

    Lincoln Middle School implements the IB MYP using inclusive teaching techniques and inquiry based strategies. This allows all students, including those who have special educational needs, to meet the rigorous standards of the IB MYP. Lincoln Middle School provides students with opportunities to achieve their goals, maximize their potential, and allows them to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

     

    IDEA

    The Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law enacted in 1990 and reauthorized in 1997. It is designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities, by

    ensuring that everyone receives a free, appropriate, public education regardless of ability. IDEA grants not only equal access to students with disabilities, but also provides additional special education service and procedural safeguards.

    Special education services are individualized to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education may include individual or small group instruction, curriculum or teaching modifications, specialized services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. These services are provided in accordance with an Individualize Educational Plan (IEP), which is specifically tailored to the unique needs of each student. IDEA also grants increased parental participation and protection for students.

     

    Response to Intervention

    Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process that provides intervention and educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. The goal at Lincoln Middle School, is to prevent academic/behavioral problems and intervene early so that students can be successful. Improvement for delivery of services to students with disabilities is an ongoing process.

     

    All policies will be available on the Lincoln website. The policies will be accessible to the parents, staff, students, and community.