SDIRC Exceptional Student Education Department Receives Perfect Audit Results

SDIRC Exceptional Student Education Department Receives Perfect Audit Results
Posted on 04/20/2018

DATE: April 20, 2018

Cristen McMillan
Phone: 772-564-5527 

Vero Beach, FL, April 20, 2018—The School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) recently participated in a monitoring in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Student Education. This monitoring is required under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and evaluates Individual Education Plans (IEP), services for students with disabilities, and transition programming for students ages 16 and older. We are pleased to announce that SDIRC was found to be fully compliant. 

The School District of Indian River County Exceptional Student Education Department (ESE) provides services for over 2,600 students with individual education plans who attend public schools in the district. The types of services that are provided to our students with IEP’s are Academic, Social Emotional/Behavioral, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Language Therapy, Transition Programming, Orientation and Mobility, Interpreters for Hearing Impaired, Counseling, Health Care, Assistive Technology, and ESE Pre-K. Approximately, 175 students are provided with transition programming each year, to assist students with disabilities as they move from high school to what best meets their needs for their future, including, postsecondary education, employment, and independent living. 

Heather Clark, Director of Exceptional Student Education, said, "The results of this monitoring are attributed to the commitment of our school and district staff ensuring that students with disabilities receive a high-quality education in their least restrictive environment, all staff are to be commended for their efforts."

SDIRC School Board Chairman Shawn Frost, added, “We are proud that the review did not identify a single case where we needed to correct any actions (or inactions) related to complying with services for our ESEstudents.This truly speaks to the Board’s and District’s commitment that every student, regardless of unique abilities, is served with excellence. While the ESE Department and Dr. Rendell are to be commended for this result, this is a truly district-wide focus and a district-wide accolade. It simply wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our teachers, as many students included in this wonderful finding are part of general education classes, too. Congratulations, to all members of our district team and thank you for serving ALL students with excellence.”