Student Special Services
The Kodiak Island Borough School District Special Educational services provide comprehensive educational services to children ages 3 to 21 in our rural and town schools, as well as for children who are privately or home schooled. These services are offered to children with additional needs in which a general education program cannot meet. The school district follows the state regulations found within the adopted Special Education Handbook, which was developed by the Alaskan State Department of Education and Early Development.
Qualifying children in the special education program is done through a cooperative group of individuals; including parents and guardians, school psychologist, special education teachers, general education teachers, and occupational therapist, speech therapist, principal, and any professionals that may be required to meet the child’s specific needs. These groups of individuals put in place are diligent in establishing an effective Individual Education Plan (IEP). In addition to creating the IEP the group monitors the child’s success and any continued needs for adjustments to the IEP. The special service groups strive to provide an appropriate program, in a familiar setting as close to the child’s regular education classroom program as possible in every effort to help each child succeed. Each child’s needs, from a gifted and talented (GT) students to those with disabilities, require a range of resources and a different educational plan to challenge and help him or her achieve.
The Student Special Services department is responsible for overseeing each of the special education programs district-wide. Additionally, the department ensures compliance with federal and state laws which govern special education. Student Special Services staff oversees Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department’s teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals work throughout the district. There are presently upwards of 100 district employees meeting the needs of our special education students.
Many resources are available to community members and parents regarding how students may be assisted in accessing the general education curriculum through special education programs or Section 504. Some valuable resources are listed below
Alaska Special Education Parent Handbook by Stone Soup Group
The Alaska Family Directory website is funded by a grant from the Alaska Department of Education, which is maintained by the Anchorage School District. This resource includes event calendars of educational opportunities for parents, educators, and community organizations, which provide assistance to families of children with special needs in specific regions of Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services prepared a “Where to Turn” directory to assist parents and community members in locating resources for children or adults experiencing physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. A hard copy may be obtained in the Special Services office by calling 907-486-7574.
If you know a child who may qualify for special education services or have questions about the services your child is currently receiving please contact Kim Saunders at 907-486-7574 or send an email.