Special Education DepartmentThe Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services and placement to meet the needs of students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are found to be eligible for special education due to a disability that adversely impacts their educational functioning. This includes Extended School Year Programming for maintenance of skills. Eligibility for Extended School Year is based on evidence of substantial regression and recoupment issues.
Once students are found eligible for special education and Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is developed. The IEP details the student’s needs as well as what will be done to address those needs. Related services are designed to support students in benefitting from special education and include but are not limited to social work, psychological services, speech/language therapy, transportation, assistive technology, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive physical education. It is important to note that related services are determined based on educational needs and differ in eligibility and services provided within a medical model.
Early Childhood (VVEC)The Early Childhood Special Education Program provides services to meet the needs of children between the ages of 3 and 5 who experience educational challenges in the areas of speech-language, motor, social-emotional, adaptive and/or cognitive functioning. Visit the Early Childhood website at www.vvsd.org/vv.
School-Aged (Kindergarten - High School)A full continuum of services for students ages kindergarten through high school are available. Information regarding services available at each building can be obtained from the buildings’ principal or assistant principal.
Transition Program (STEP)
This program is designed for students aged 18 to 22 years old, who are enrolled in Valley View School District. Students enrolled in this program have attended four years of high school and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). To be a candidate for this program, the high school IEP team must recommend the student continue to receive special education services in order to promote the acquisition of skills that lead to adult independence. The program provides functional education and training in domestic, vocational, community, and social/leisure skills.Visit the STEP website at www.vvsd.org/step.
Individual Service PlansIf you are a parent or guardian of a homeschooled or parochial/private school student and would like more information on an evaluation for a disability and subsequent Individual Service Plans, please contact the Assistant Executive Director of Special Education at 815-886-2700 ext 6070.