Special Education

COVID-19 Update

  • July 28, 2020

    Please see document linked below for some general information regarding special education services to students with IEPs.  This information may be helpful to review as parents consider the option of face-to-face or virutal classroom instruction.  

    Starting the 2020-2021 School Year:  Special Education General Information for Parents


    March 2020: COVID-19 Updates

    Sycamore continues to prioritize serving our students with disabilities to the greatest extent possible during the ordered school closure period.  In following guidance from both the US Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education, our staff will collaborate with parents of students with disabilities to determine what services can be provided remotely through the development of Distance Learning Plans.  Our teams will move forward providing a good faith effort to identify services that are reasonable and practical given the circumstances we are all dealing with at this time. These services will look much different than they would if schools were in session, as will the monitoring of progress. Your understanding and collaborative spirit are so helpful and very much appreciated!

    Once school resumes, IEP teams will convene and determine what impact the ordered school closure period had on student progress related to targeted skills, and will discuss how best to address that impact.  Further guidance from the US Department of Education is anticipated regarding this process. Continued updates will be provided to parents via district communications.  

    Ohio Department of Education Updates


    Summer 2020 Activities - Updated


  • Sycamore Community Schools is committed to the success of each child.  The Special Education Department is committed to ensuring that each child leaves school each day feeling successful.  We do this by providing individualized supports, a continuum of service delivery options, facilitating academic and social development and maintaining dignity and respect for each student. 

    A collaborative effort is required between parents, support staff, and regular educators in order to facilitate the independence and success of each student. 

    Sycamore Community Schools’ Special Education Department offers a continuum of services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.  We promote inclusion by providing these services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) which means to the greatest extent possible, appropriate services are provided in the general education environment.  

    Sycamore Community Schools utilizes a Response to Intervention (RtI) model to identify the strengths and needs of struggling learners.  The RtI model focuses on collaboration between the core members of the student’s team including parents.  This student-focused process analyzes data relative to identified issues of concern, sets individual goals, brainstorms options for intervention, develops an action plan and gathers data to determine the effectiveness of the interventions provided. 

Parent Resources

  • Sycamore Community Schools Office of Student Services is happy to engage with our families! You can find resources, articles, events, and more by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to view our public Facebook page (no log-in is required) or scroll down to view our @SHS_Transition and @AVESAbilities Twitter accounts. 

    Families can also view social and educational opportunities happening in Greater Cincinnati on the calendar below. Click on the event name to see more information. Sycamore Community Schools does not endorse, recommend or support any particular regime, therapy, activity, camp or treatment. 

Follow Us On Twitter: @SHS_Transition

Follow Us On Twitter: @AVESAbilities