Program and Support Services
The Fort Bend ISD provides a continuum of special education services and placement options for students with disabilities in order to meet their individual needs. This continuum includes services such as external support, accommodations, and modifications, in-class support, co-teaching, specialized support, home instruction and instruction in hospitals and institutions.
The following descriptions explain the instructional arrangements which may be considered for students with disabilities:
- Inclusion is an instructional arrangement provided for special education supports to a student in the general classroom in accordance with the student’s IEP. Special education personnel (including paraprofessionals) provide direct or indirect services to the student as determined by the IEP.
- Mainstream is an instructional arrangement that occurs when special education supports such as accommodations, modifications & related services are provided within the general education classroom during the instructional day
- Speech Therapy is an instructional arrangement for providing speech therapy services. Students who have a speech impairment and receive only speech therapy are not eligible to be counted for any other instructional arrangement.
- Resource is an instructional arrangement for providing special education instruction and related services in a setting other than the general education classroom.
- Self-contained, mild/moderate/severe, regular campus is an instructional arrangement for providing special education instruction and related services for 50 percent or more of the school day on a regular school campus.
- Homebound is an instructional arrangement for providing special education instruction to eligible students with disabilities who are medically unable to attend school at the campus site.
- Non-public day school is an instructional arrangement for providing special education instruction to students through a contractual arrangement with an approved non-public school for special education services.
- Vocational Adjustment Class is an instructional arrangement for high school students providing special education, academic, or job-related instruction to students who are placed on a job with regular supervision by the Transition teacher.
- Residential is an instructional arrangement for providing special education instruction to students with a contractual arrangement with an approved residential non-public school.
Fort Bend ISD offers a variety of programs that provide full-day services in a special education setting. Typically students placed in these settings require a highly structured environment and intensive instruction in specific areas. If the ARD Committee makes the determination that a student may need this type of structure for part or all of the school day, the committee will base that decision on current data. The self-contained programs available in Fort Bend ISD include:
Academic, Behavior, and Communication (ABC) Services
Academic, Behavior, and Communication (ABC) services are designed for students who exhibit a combination of severe cognitive, communication and behavioral challenges.
Adult Transition Services (ATS)
Adult Transition Services (ATS) are designed for students who have met high school graduation requirements but require additional supports to facilitate the transition to adult life beyond the age of 18.
Behavior Support Services (BSS)
Behavior Support Services (BSS) are services designed for students who exhibit significant challenging behaviors and require social and/or behavioral support.
Communication Language and Social Skills (CLaSS) Services
CLaSS provides social and/or behavioral services for students who are able to function academically in the lesser restrictive setting, but require social and/or behavioral support in order to facilitate the development of socially appropriate behaviors.
Communication Language and Social Skills Plus (CLaSS Plus) Services
CLaSS Plus services are designed for students who exhibit significant challenging behaviors and require social, emotional and behavioral support to facilitate the development and demonstration of appropriate behavior and functioning in the school setting.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Services are offered to students with identified developmental delays who are three years of age to kindergarten age.
Functional Living and School Health (FLaSH) Services
Functional Living and School Health (FLaSH) services provides a developmentally appropriate program for students who exhibit significant, profound cognitive and communication impairments and/or multiple impairments.
Succeeding in Academic and Independent Living Skills (SAILS) Services
Succeeding in Academic and Independent Living Skills (SAILS) services are designed to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities an educational program focusing on life skills such as personal care, pre-vocational activities, communication, functional academics and/or social skills.