Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools wants to help provide information and links for parents. Our goal is to partner with you in serving all students with disabilities better.
Special education services are provided in accordance with Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities and the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written for all students with a disability to address their identified needs and related services. Related services provide developmental, corrective, and other supportive services that are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. Related services could include: Adapted Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, Audiological, Interpreter, Orientation & Mobility, School Psychological, Transportation, Job Skills, Nursing Services, and Assistants.
Students with a disability should be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE); which means providing services in the regular classroom environment to the maximum extent possible. Liberty Union provides in a variety of settings for our students. Our least restrictive models include co-teaching and mainstreaming. Many of our students with a disability have identified needs which are best met by the classroom teacher who differentiates instruction for them with support from a special education teacher. Our special education teachers work cooperatively with classroom teachers and other school personnel to facilitate services for our students with disabilities. Students with a disability who are included in the general education classroom may have services delivered through co-teaching and/or mainstreaming. Co- teaching benefits all students in the classroom by adding a second teacher. Mainstreaming provides services through the general education teacher with consultation and/or collaboration with the special education teacher. Both delivery models support differentiated instruction for students to help meet their individual needs.
Some identified students with a disability may require more restrictive environments due to their intensive services or needs. These services are provided in a resource-room setting. Children with multiple areas of needs and personal/social behavior needs are served in specialized programs. Through the Special Education Program, all eligible children receive special instruction specifically designed to meet their unique educational needs, in accordance with state and federal requirements. All special education services are provided at no cost to the parent.