• Exceptional Student Services

    Roosevelt School District is dedicated to providing eligible students with disabilities with a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws. To meet the unique learning needs of every student, we work in multidisciplinary teams to individualize the support for each student. The Exceptional Student Services Department of the Roosevelt Elementary School District provides services to children from ages 3 to 21, with disabilities.

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) defines a child with a disability as a child who has a qualifying disability and, by reason thereof, requires special education and related services. In other words, under the IDEA, it is not enough to simply have a qualifying disability. The disability must cause the child to need special education and related services to access the general curriculum, which is the same curriculum taught to all children.

    Welcome to Roosevelt

    The district is now using Verkada, a guest visitor system, at all our sites, including district offices. Before your visit, please sign in at the Roosevelt School District main office, just north of this building: 6000 S. 7th Street. Please ensure you receive a name badge to gain entry to this building.

  • Special Education Services

    The Exceptional Student Services Department of the Roosevelt Elementary School District provides services to children, ages 3 - 21 with disabilities. 
     
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) defines "child with a disability" as a child who has a qualifying disability and by reason thereof is in need of special education and related services. In other words, under the IDEA it is not enough to simply have a qualifying disability. The disability must cause the child to need special education and related services in order to access the general curriculum, which is the same curriculum taught to all children.

    Although the IDEA defines each disability category, the specific qualifications for each category may vary from state to state. In Arizona, several of the categories require additional components other than those described in the IDEA, such as verification by a qualified professional for some disabilities.

    In Arizona, when a child with a disability is eligible in more than one disability category, state per pupil funding is based on the category that has the highest add- on weight. Arizona does not restrict schools from addressing students’ needs that are not specifically linked to their particular disability categories. Instead, individualized education program (IEP) teams must ensure that all needs are considered (Gregson & Chavez, 2018). 

    Special Education Records

    For copies of all SpED records, please contact your child's school or:
    Connie Urias
    602-243-4865
    ESS Analyst

    Maria Borunda
    602-243-2631
    ESS Analyst

    Notice to Destroy Public Records

    Gregson, K., Esq., & Chavez, S., M.Ed. (2018). The Special Education Handbook: A brief overview of the history and requirements of Part B of the IDEA. Retrieved from http://www.azed.gov/disputeresolution/resources-links/

  • Arizona Categories of Disability (ages 3–21)

    • Autism (A)
    • Developmental Delay (DD)
    • Emotional Disability (ED)
    • Hearing Impairment (HI)
    • Mild Intellectual Disability (MIID)
    • Moderate Intellectual Disability (MOID)
    • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
    • Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment (MDSSI)
    • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
    • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
    • Preschool Severe Delay (PSD)
    • Severe Intellectual Disability (SID)
    • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
    • Speech/Language Impairment (SLI)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Visual Impairment (VI)

    Related Services Available

    • Assistive Technology (AT) 
    • Audiology Services 
    • Counseling
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) 
    • Orientation and Mobility (O & M)
    • Physical Therapy (PT) 
    • Specialized Transportation
  • Parent Rights

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.

    Provisions of procedural safeguards to parents are required one time per school year. In addition to the once a year requirement, they must be given to a parent: 

    • Upon initial referral for evaluation.
    • On the date the decision is made to make a removal that constitutes a disciplinary change of placement.
    • Upon parental request for an additional copy.
    • Upon the first occurrence of the filing of a due process hearing request or child complaint.

    Procedural Safeguards provide parents with information on various aspects of special education so they can make informed decisions about their child’s educational services.