Programs

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Exceptional Student Education Programs

The Exceptional Student Education Department (Special Education or ESE) coordinates the provision of programs with the District’s School Assignment Office. Special education programs are provided in all of the three attendance zones – East, West, and South. With the exception of very specialized low-incidence programs or center school programs, students will attend a school within the geographical school attendance zone of residence. Parents and students who are moving to Lee County from another district in Florida, or from out of state, should contact the School Assignment Office for information regarding enrollment and special education services within each of the district’s school attendance zones.

 

The specialized programs or service delivery models are briefly described below.  Placement in these specially designed programs are determined by your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) team which consists of parents/guardians, transition age students (12 years of age or older) and the school based educational team.  

Behavioral Intervention (BI)

Collaborative Teaching (CT/IS)

Life Skills (LS)

Students receive instruction based on the Florida Standards Access Points in functional academics.  Students accessing this program have been identified with a mild to moderate intellectual disability. The goal in the Life Skills program is for students to become as independent as possible. Each student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) created and updated yearly by parents/guardians alongside the education team. Students learn how to live and work in the greater community through instruction which combines academics, self-care skills, interpersonal skills and vocational training in their Least Restrictive Environment. This service is available to PreK, elementary, middle and high school students in the district at identified schools within each attendance zone.

Social Emerging (SE)

Social Functioning (SF)

 

 

 

Placement in these low-incidence programs are determined by your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) team based on very specific needs.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Lee County provides educational services to students identified as deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Deaf or Hard-of Hearing Program offers a full continuum of services to meet both academic and communication needs identified on a student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Eligibility for the program is based on both a documented hearing loss and educational need. Students aged 3 through 22 years can receive itinerant services at their home school or attend a designated school site where classes are taught by a teacher certified in deaf education. The designated school sites are Allen Park Elementary, Fort Myers Middle Academy, and Fort Myers High School. Auditory-oral and total communication options are available at all levels. Sign language interpreting services provide students access to classroom curriculum and extra curricula activities. Additionally, a wide range of audiological services are provided for Hearing Impaired students through the district Audiologist.

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Functional Skills (FS)

Students receive instruction based on the Florida Standards Access Points with emphasis on teaching self-help skills, daily living skills, functional or augmentative communication skills, and pre-vocational skills, as indicated by the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Students accessing this program have been identified with a severe intellectual disability. The goal in the Functional Skills program is for students to become actively engaged in a modified curriculum. Each student has an IEP created and updated yearly by parents/guardians alongside the education team. This service is available to PreK, elementary, middle and high school students in the district at designated schools. Please consult the Lee Schools ESE Department for availability and locations.

Hospital Homebound (HHB)

Hospital Homebound services may be provided for students who are medically unable to attend school for an extended period of time (expected to be absent from school for a minimum of 15 consecutive school days or 15 non-consecutive school days due to a chronic condition.) A Hospital Homebound referral may be completed as soon as the parent/guardian learns of an acute, catastrophic or chronic medical condition, or an anticipated medical condition (pending surgery/ surgery recovery.) Pregnancy is not considered a medical condition that meets eligibility criteria for Hospital Homebound unless a physician certifies that there is a medical condition that confines the student to the home or hospital for a minimum of 15 consecutive days. A licensed physician or psychiatrist must complete a medical referral to include but is not limited to: a diagnosis, treatment plan, medication, reasonable precautions, expected duration and plan for re-entry to school.

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Placement in these center school programs are determined by your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) team in conjunction with the parent/guardian's consent for placement. 

Buckingham Exceptional Student Center

Royal Palm Exceptional Center