These classrooms serve students with ongoing significant social/emotional lagging skills and mental health needs that impede their ability to benefit from general education settings. Behavioral characteristics of these students may include: difficulty with self-regulation and adult/peer interactions; difficulty in following school routines and/or expectations; lagging problem-solving skills; excessive fears/phobias and sometimes verbal and/or physical aggressiveness.
The program uses a collaborative problem solving approach and provides specially designed instruction in social skills, school success strategies, conflict resolution, coping skills, and academics at the students’ instructional level. Classroom environments feature clear expectations, community building, relationship building with adults and peers, positive support strategies, and encouragement. Related services are provided consistent with each student’s IEP. Students have opportunities to participate in general education experiences.
IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision.