Welcome to Special Education Where We Always Put Children First!
Selma City Schools’ mission is to identify each student who meets the federal and state guidelines as a student with disabilities and to promote opportunities for students served under the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); thereby empowering them to become productive members of society based on their individual strengths and abilities. We BELIEVE given effective instruction, individualized learning and proper support, ALL children can LEARN and SUCCEED!
Our goal is to provide educational opportunities designed to help each disabled student achieve his or her maximum potential by assigning each school a Special Education Resource Teacher (Case Manager). Students identified by school system personnel as qualifying for special education services receive those services in the least restrictive environment and through inclusion. Inclusion is the practice of supporting students with disabilities by meeting individual learning and social needs:
- Within their neighborhood schools
- Within general education classrooms and along side their non disabled peers
These services are delivered by certified and highly qualified personnel. The primary contact for issues related to your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) is his or her case manger; who can be contacted through your child’s school.
Through CHILD FIND, we provide Special Education Services for all eligible individuals between the ages of birth to twenty-one years old.
Referrals can be made through our school system by phone, conference, or referral form.
Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for student meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas:
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Additionally, Selma City Schools provides related services to ensure students with disabilities get the most from special education. Each Individualized Education Program (IEP) must determine what related service(s)if any is required to assist a student with a disability. Related services may include:
- Occupational and/or Physical Therapy Services
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Speech-Language Pathology Services
- School Nurse Services
*If the need for transportation is noted in your child’s IEP, you must contact the Special
Education Office at 2194 Broad Street to complete a transportation request form.
Selma City Schools has a well established Gifted Program through which we offer Gifted Education services. Gifted students are those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academics or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program.
In order to be referred, evaluated and served; students must be enrolled in a public school and be at least six years of age. Additionally, the Gifted Specialists provide lessons to all second grade students as a part of Second Grade Child Find Procedures. These lessons are geared toward identification of gifted behavior characteristics and students are referred for further evaluation based upon these lessons. Selma City Schools accepts all referrals for gifted and referrals may come from parents, teachers, and students.
For further information on Selma City Schools’ Special Education Services, please contact: Selma City Schools Special Education Department at 334-874-1613 or Selma City Schools’ Main Number 334-874-1600.