Director of Student Services

Head shot of Jill Michaelson

Jill Michaelson
Director of Student Services
Ottawa Hills Local Schools Section 504 Officer/ADA Coordinator

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Helen Keller

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Special Education Philosophy

Ottawa Hills Local Schools is committed to providing an "appropriate education" for all of students of this Village through regular education and special education programs. Special education is a needs-based program; that is, the specific services and the setting in which services are provided are determined for each student based on individual needs.

Special education students are provided services in the least restrictive environment. Depending on individual needs, a student may receive services in a variety of settings in district or out of district. These settings may include, but not be limited to, the regular classroom, a special education resource room, a community setting, a separate school or facility, the home, or a combination of these settings.

The Individual Education Program (IEP) team -- headed by the director of student services and which includes parents, the building principal, teachers, specialists, and personnel from the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West (ESCLEW) -- will determine each child's placement and will develop each child's IEP.  The team will regularly review the placement and progress of each special education student.

Ottawa Hills Local Schools will provide a range of support services for children identified as needing special education services and the teachers who have those children in their regular classroom. The resources and support services will be adequate to enable the school to provide an appropriate educational program for special education and regular education students. District staff members will assess special education program needs and make modifications as needed on an ongoing basis.


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