The Special Education Department is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless continuum of quality services for students with disabilities that facilitates the students' academic and social/emotional growth.
The Special Education Department also works in conjunction to assess and serve students at other local locations including Piqua Catholic Elementary School, Piqua Seventh Day Adventist School, and Nicholas School.
Who is eligible for special education services?
Special education services are provided to students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Piqua City Schools ensures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is made available to our community’s children with disabilities from age three through to adulthood ending at their twenty-second birthday.
“Child with a disability” means a child evaluated in accordance with rule 3301-51-06 of the Administrative Code as having an intellectual disability (mental retardation), a hearing impairment (including deafness), a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment (including blindness), a serious emotional disturbance (referred to in this rule as “emotional disturbance”), an orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, an other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, a developmental delay (for a child between the ages of 3 and 5), or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.
What services are available and how are services determined?
These services include integrated preschool programs for children with identified special needs ages 3-5 yrs.; general education teachers working with Intervention Specialists to meet the needs of students kindergarten through grade 12; individual/small group instruction; resource rooms and special classes. Services are based on the individual needs of the student as documented in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).