The cornerstone Federal legislation for the education of students with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. IDEIA ensures the provision of a free and appropriate public education(FAPE)for every student who qualifies under the Federal Law and corresponding federal and state regulations.
Our goal is to work with parents/guardians to help ensure that every child experiences success in the Brookfield Local School District. The District encourages parents to call the Special Education Department at (330) 619-5723 if they suspect their child has a handicap that may interfere with their child's ability to progress in the general education environment.
Special educational services are available to students with disabilities (SWD) from age 3 through 21 years of age. Brookfield promotes inclusion practices whenever appropriate, and provides support to the general education teacher and/or the SWD participating in the general education setting. The District employs one school psychologist, and 8 intervention specialists serving grades K-12. In addition, 1 speech therapist serves students identified with deficits in the area of communication.The District contracts with the TCESC for various related services in order to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Brookfield Local School District utilizes the Response to Intervention Model (RTI), for at risk learners, and makes every effort to work with any student having difficulty in the general education classroom. This process includes the utilization of an Intervention Assistance Team (IAT), normally composed of the following: the Special Education Supervisor, the Teacher, Parent, Principal, School Psychologist, Guidance counselor and student when appropriate. Any other specialist may be included who may help the team to problem solve. Any individual may make a referral to this team on behalf of a struggling student. The purpose of the IAT meeting is to develop strategies and interventions designed to help the struggling student become successful in the classroom.
Any parent who believes their child is having difficulty within the general education setting should first make contact with their child's teacher. The guidance counselor is available in each building for additional consultation.
Ongoing efforts are made by the Brookfield Local School District to locate and evaluate children ages birth through 21 years of age, who reside within the district and have a confirmed or suspected disability in accordance with federal and state standards.
Parents, relatives, agency personnel, and concerned citizens may refer any child(birth through 21)who may qualify for special education and related services.
Anyone aware of a child who may have special needs living within the district is asked to call Mrs. Stacey Filicky, Supervisor of Special Educaton at (330) 619-5723.