The purpose of Special Education programs is to provide a free and appropriate public education that meets the needs of Special Education-eligible students as indicated on their Individualized Education Plan, and to assist each child in achieving to the fullest measure of his/her potential in the Least Restrictive Environment appropriate. Students are eligible for special education when a significant discrepancy exists between the cognitive ability and achievement, and they have a learning or other disability impeding their ability to reach potential.
Students with special needs have equal access to the curriculum provided for all students.
The special services received by each special-needs student support his or her participation in the regular program.
The lessons and assignments received by the students with special needs are as rigorous and challenging for their diagnosed level as those received by all students.
Student work will show that students are experiencing success in learning the skills and concepts of the curriculum, and it will be evident that they feel successful as learners in each curricular area.
The regular classroom teachers and those providing special services (school psychologist, school nurse, speech and language clinician, Resources Specialist teachers, Special Day Class teacher) meet regularly to plan and implement each student's program of instruction. Yulupa has one Special Education teacher with two instructional paraprofessionals.
Grief Counseling: Support services on an as need basis.
Crisis Counseling: Referral and support services on an as needed basis.
Counseling: Short-term counseling services for students experience moderate social and emotional issue.
Student Study and Student Intervention Teams: A specific process for providing Staff support and intervention for students facing academic or learning difficulties.
Lunch Bunch: Lunchtime activity room - serves as an alternative to the playground. Allow children, in a smaller setting, to practice peer interactions as they play.
Counseling Services Include: Student Study Team, Self-Esteem Promotion, Social Skills Development, Anger Management, Impulse Control Development, Individual and Group Counseling, Support Groups, Family Crisis Support, Interpersonal Relations
Mental Health Resources
CARE - Children's Counseling Center (707)575-9166
Hospice of Petaluma and Memorial Hospital (707)568-1094
California Youth Crisis Line 1-800-THE-5200
Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation (707)546-2924
ARC Family Resource Project (707)578-6070
Social Advocates For Youth Counseling Services (707)544-3299
F.I.S.H of Santa Rosa, Emergency Food Bank (707) 527-5151
Sonoma County Mental Health Crisis Hotline (707) 576-8181
Social Advocates for Youth 24-houor Counseling Hotline (707) 546-3432
Suicide Hotline (707) 938-4357
Family Planning Services (707) 576-4820
Rape Crisis (707) 545-7273
Alcoholics Anonymous (707) 762-5122
Narcotics Anonymous (707) 575-7837
Alanon & Alateen (707) 575-6760
Child Protective Services- Child abuse reporting (707) 527-2246
Programa Ampleado Para Aconsejar Adolescents un servicio
completamente confidential solamente para adolescents (707) 576-4820
YWCA Woman's Shelter Hotlines 546-7115 or 546-1234
Advocates for Domestic Violence Victims at the Sheriff's Dept. 565-7603 (Bea) and 565-7614 (Jackie)
Student Support Teams and Personnel
Student Study Team: The purpose of the Student Study Team (SST) is to investigate concerns about individual students and to develop strategies to assist students, teachers, and parents in helping the student become successful in school. The SST can be comprised of many people including the student's parents, current (and sometimes former) classroom teacher, resource specialist, district psychologist, school nurse, principal, and Title 1 paraprofessional.
District Psychologist: The district psychologist provides psycho-educational services to children addressing social, emotional, and educational needs in the school setting. She is a member of the Special Education Team. She sees students referred by a Student Study Team and those who require initial or triennial psychoeducational special education assessments. Her assessments are comprehensive and in addition to individual psychological assessments given one-to-one, include observation, interviews and review of records. She provides teachers with suggested ways to help assist students within the regular classroom.
Speech-Language Clinician: The Speech-Language Clinician identifies, assesses, and works to remediate articulation, language delay and fluency problems of eligible students. The classroom teacher, parent or other staff refers children to the clinician. Articulation disorders deal with the absence or distortion of speech sounds. Parents should note there are age-appropriate standards for articulation development. Language delays are varied but include difficulty with verb tenses, plurals, pronouns and vocabulary. Fluency disorders are the repetition of words or whole phrases (stuttering). The clinician works in our school district four days per week, alternating between school sites.
School Nurse: The school nurse assesses, diagnoses and makes health referrals for vision, hearing, andother physical problems that may interfere with a child's educational success. The nurse also works with students referredby the Student Study Team and Special Education-identified children to make sure there are not other physical limitations that are keeping them from learning to potential. The nurse supervises the office administration in handling children who are ill or injured, and when contagious illnesses are found at school. She evaluates sick children to be sure they are not seriously ill. She also teaches human development lessons at Strawberry. The nurse works at each school site the equivalent of one day per week.
School Counselor: Both schools enjoy the support of a school counselor one day per week. The counselor assists students in small groups or individually with issues that distract them from learning such as grief, making friends, dealing with their parents' divorce, etc. so that they can be successful learners.