Policy for Students with Documented Learning Differences & Special Needs

List of 6 items.

  • 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
  • Private Evaluations

    Additional costs associated with a private professional or external evaluation, including related services to such evaluations, are not covered by Walsh Jesuit's Academic Support resources.

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.
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