Continuum Of Services

Continuum of Services Triangle

Student Services

  • Behavioral Learning Center (BLC) - special education cross-categorical learning center which focuses on instruction from the general curriculum and behavior intervention for those students with severe behavioral needs who require a more restrictive environment in order to make progress on the goals and objectives of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Building Intervention Specialist (IS) - certified, special education teacher who provides special education services, either direct or support, based upon the student's IEP in the attendance area school.

    Consultation - assistance to the regular education classroom teacher by a certified special education teacher in developing instructional or behavioral strategies for students with disabilities, providing information to school personnel regarding the needs of students with disabilities, selecting and developing instruction materials, and assisting in the development of appropriate classroom and instructional modifications of the general education curriculum.

    Daily Living Skills Learning Center (DLSLC) - special education, cross-categorical learning center which focuses on instruction from the general curriculum and/or extended standards for those students identified with moderate/intensive educational and functional life skills needs that are necessary for independent living.

    Direct - provision of instruction and evaluation of instruction based on the general curriculum and/or extended standards by a certified special education teacher in areas identified on the student's IEP. District Intervention Specialist - certified, special education teacher who provides special education services, either direct or support, for students with moderate/intensive educational needs as identified on the student's IEP in one of the following learning centers: specialized learning center, structured communications learning center, daily living skills learning center, or behavior learning center.

    Intervention Specialist (IS) - certified special education teacher who, in collaboration with the regular classroom teacher as appropriate, is responsible to participate in the development of the student's IEP and providing direct or support instructional services based upon areas identified on the student's IEP regardless of the environment in which the student is served and disability category.

    Intervention Specialist Consultant (ISC) - certified special education teacher who provides consultation services to regular education teachers for students whose least restrictive environment is identified on the IEP as consultation. In addition, the Intervention Specialist Consultant is a district resource available to consult with building teams in the following areas: autism, behavior management, hearing and vision impairments, assistive technology, instructional strategies, instructional materials, modification of curriculum and instruction, transition of high need students between grade levels and schools.

    Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - to the maximum extent appropriate, handicapped children, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not handicapped, and that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of handicapped children from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the handicap is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

    Structured Communication Learning Center (SCLC) - special education learning center which is primarily for students with an autism identification; focuses on instruction from the general curriculum for students with severe communication, social skills and behavior needs.

    Support - provision of instruction, in collaboration with the regular education classroom teacher, who supports the student in the instruction of the general curriculum by a certified special education teacher in areas identified on the student's IEP.

    Specialized Learning Center (SLC) - special education cross-categorical learning center which focuses on instruction from the general curriculum and/or extended standards for students with moderate needs in the areas of cognitive ability and adaptive behavior or functioning skills.

Process For Determining The Least Restrictive Environment

  • Worthington City Schools is committed to provide special education services based upon the IEP to special education students in the least restrictive environment within their home school.
    Documented progress on student intervention and IEP goals and objectives is the basis for moving a student to a more or lesser restrictive environment.

    Consideration for placement of a student in a district learning center includes: identified needs on the multi-factored evaluation team report and Individualized Education Program in addition to social, academic, functional, and behavioral needs.

    I. Home School Special Education Services provided by a Building Intervention Specialist

    A. Regular Education Classroom

    • Regular education
    • Regular education with consultation services
    • Regular education with support services
    • Regular education with direct services

    B. Support outside the classroom.

    C. Direct instruction outside the classroom.

    II. In-District Services but not in the student's home school placement determinted by the IEP team services provided by the District Intervention Specialist

    A. Types of special education cross-categorical services
    • Specialized Learning Center
    • Daily Living Skill Learning Center
    • Behavioral Learning Center
    • Structured Communication Learning Center (autistism identification required)

    III. Out-of-District Services

    A. More restrictive; based upon the needs of the student as determined by the IEP after considering I and II. May include, but is not limited to placement for the following types of disabilities:

    • Visual disability
    • Hearing disability
    • Orthopedic disability
    • Emotional disturbance
    • Multiple disabilities

    B. Types of placements

    • Specialized programs in other school districts or private schools/agencies
    • Residential
    • Hospitalization
    • Home instruction