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:
- Mainstream is an instructional arrangement for providing special education services in the general education setting which may include in-class support, accommodations and modifications.
- 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 in 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:
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities
A special education preschool program is offered to students with identified developmental delays who are three years of age to kindergarten age.
Academic, Behavior, and Communication (ABC) Class
Academic, Behavior, and Communication (ABC) classes are designed for students who exhibit a combination of severe cognitive and behavioral challenges.
Succeeding in Academic and Independent Living Skills (SAILS) Class
The Succeeding in Academic and Independent Living Skills (SAILS) class is a self-contained setting consisting of students with significant cognitive disabilities who require an educational program focusing on life skills such as personal care, pre-vocational activities, communication, functional academics and/or social skills.
Functional Living and School Health Services (FLaSH) Class
The Functional Living and School Health Services (FLaSH) class provides a developmentally appropriate program for students from five -22 years of age who exhibit significant, profound cognitive and communication impairments and/or multiple impairments.
Behavior Support Services (BSS) Class
Behavior Support Services (BSS) classes are designed for students who are eligible for Special Education and are in need of highly-structured educational programming.