Educational Support Team
The purpose of an Educational Support Team (EST) is to ensure that all students, regardless of their eligibility, achieve basic skills, meet Vermont standards, and experience success in the general education environment. It is helpful to think of EST as a safety net of programs and supports around regular education components like curriculum, instruction, standards, and assessments. If your child is experiencing any educational difficulties, please speak to the classroom teacher or the principal. Individualized plans will be developed for students requiring specific supports or interventions.
Special Education Services
The special education program at Stockbridge Central School provides services for students who have a qualifying disability and need. Examples of such services include speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, specialized academic teaching, behavior management programs, etc. A teacher, parent or anyone who knows the child and believes he or she is in need of assistance may make a special education referral. Usually, a student is referred for special education services after the Educational Support Team (EST) and/or school staff has tried several interventions to assist the student and no progress is made.
A student who is referred for special education services receives a comprehensive evaluation to assist in determining eligiblity. If a student is eligible, an individual education program (IEP) is developed which outlines the student’s strengths and needs and how those needs will be addressed. An evaluation and planning team, including the student’s parents, plans the evaluation and reviews the results. The same team develops the individual education program if the student is found eligible. If the student is not eligible for special education services, s/he may be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The previous paragraphs are a general description of special education and are not meant to represent the entire special education process, state guidelines, federal law or parental rights in special education. If you, as a parent/guardian, believe your child may be in need of special education services, contact your child’s classroom teacher, the principal or the special education coordinator to assist you with making a referral.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS)
Stockbridge Central School strives to create a positive culture and learning environment, implementing Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS), a State-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students. At Stockbridge, students are taught and expected to be Respectful, Responsible & Ready-to-Learn.
Acknowledgments, in the form of a paper handprint, are given to those who are “caught being good” and demonstrate being responsible, respectful, or ready-to-learn. Individual “hands” are collected and counted, acknowledging students who have earned the most hands at monthly all-school meetings. When hand counts reach a certain level, there are periodic classroom and all-school celebrations throughout the year.
Students who are not meeting expectations are given a verbal redirection, a warning, and a natural consequence. Students with four warnings or a major offense (violence, threats, harassment, major disruption of class) are referred to the principal’s office.
Resources for Parents and Families
The Vermont Family Network (VFN) works with the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) to bring families information about VTPBIS and the many benefits for children and schools. For questions or more information, contact Vermont Family Network at (800) 800-4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.