Policy for Students with Documented Learning Differences & Special Needs

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  • Introduction

    Walsh Jesuit is committed to supporting eligible students who need learning supports to be successful. Walsh Jesuit maintains this Policy for Students with Documented Learning Differences & Special Needs to ensure all students are provided with the same opportunities. Walsh Jesuit is committed to providing support to qualified students with disabilities or diagnosed learning differences, including temporary conditions. Walsh Jesuit may not be able to provide all adjustments given personnel and program limitations, however, we review adjustments on a regular basis.
  • Learning Services & Interventions

     Walsh Jesuit provides several learning services and interventions to help students with learning differences and special needs. Learn more...
  • Jesuit Ideals & Learning

    In keeping with Jesuit values on education and cura personalis, many academic adjustments are implemented by Walsh Jesuit, and provided to interested parties as necessary. Individuals seeking adjustments must contact Walsh Jesuit’s Learning Specialist or Assistant Principal for Academics to initiate the Application for Assistance.
  • Requisite for Seeking Adjustments

    Interested parties seeking adjustments should complete the Walsh Jesuit Learning Differences/Special Needs Form. Additionally, an educational, medical and/or psychological evaluation, completed by a professional within the last three years, must also be submitted for consideration.  

    If a student is currently on an IEP, the Eligibility Page of the IEP must be included and submitted with the form in order to be properly evaluated by Walsh Jesuit's Learning Specialist.  
  • Requisite for Seeking Adjustments for ACT / College Board:

    Students seeking adjustments for ACT or College Board standardized testing (AP, PSAT, SAT and Subject Exams) should contact Walsh Jesuit's Learning Specialist. Specific guidelines and procedures for each company are also available on their websites.
  • Implementation in the Classroom

    The decision to allow adjustments in a learning plan will be made on a case-by-case basis. The review process will be contingent upon the school’s ability to accommodate an adjustment, as well as its impact on the overall social and educational environment of the school.

    The presence of a learning disability does not automatically guarantee academic accommodations. Walsh Jesuit will carefully review all relevant information related to the request for accommodation to determine if the learning disability has a significant impact in a student’s performance. Doing so is consistent with the process College Board and ACT use to decide whether students are eligible for accommodations on their exams.

    If a determination is made to support learning accommodations, Walsh Jesuit will formalize a plan that will specify the adjustments. This plan will be shared with the student’s parents, classroom teachers & counselor and can be used when requesting standardized testing accommodations as well. The plan will be reviewed on a yearly basis.

    Teachers will implement and abide by adjustments determined by the review process. Teachers may provide additional adjustments on a case-by-case basis; however, they are not expected or required to provide adjustments beyond those identified in the review process.
  • Adjustments Supported at WJ Include:

    • Preferential classroom seating
    • Facilitating sharing notes by students and/or copies of teachers’ presentations
    • Establishing timelines for long term projects
    • Alternatives to bubble sheet type assessments
    • Extended time for semester exams (not to exceed +50%)
    • Use of assistive technologies & auxiliary aids
    • Audio texts
    • Large print texts & exams
    • Sensory tools
    • Use of noise reducing devices (e.g. ear plugs or headphones)
    • One-on-one assistance
    • Counseling services
    • Other minor adjustments offered by teachers & the school
  • Adjustments Not Supported at WJ include:

    • Modified curriculum
    • Remediation
    • Modified assessments
    • One-on-one instruction
    • ESL instruction
    • Behavior modification plans
  • Financial Cost of Adjustments

    Walsh Jesuit covers some, but may not cover the cost of all permitted adjustments. In some cases, parents will be responsible for covering additional costs associated with an adjustment.

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  • Photo of Mariana Proske

    Mrs. Mariana Proske 

    Learning Specialist, Co-Coordinator Companions Program
    2018

Medication & Treatment

Medication: The school nurse must be notified if a student is taking medication on a regular basis. Any misuse or distribution of prescription medication will subject a student to immediate dismissal from Walsh Jesuit.

In-Patient Treatment: Walsh Jesuit cooperates fully with professional treatment personnel to provide support to a student returning to school after in-patient treatment. To facilitate a smooth transition back to the school setting, the following must take place before the student returns:
    1. The parent/guardian/student must sign a release of information waiver for information pertinent to the student’s ability to function in the school setting.
    2. The professional who has worked with the student must contact the school nurse.
    3. The parent/guardian and returning student must meet with an administrator and counselor to work out details regarding the student’s return to school. In some circumstances a determination may be made that a student should begin a new educational program, and when this is the case, Walsh Jesuit will assist in this transition.