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Barulli, Cindi
Special Education Supervisor
Holley, Lillian
Interim Director of Special Education
Marsala, Shawne
Supervisor Pupil Appraisal
ODaniel, Kris
Supervisor, Special Education

For More Information...

Contact our receptionist,

at (318) 549-6119.

2500 Viking Dr.

Bossier City, La. 71111

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Do you think your child may be in need of Special Services?

Do you think your child may be gifted or talented?

For additional information, please contact Bossier Parish Child Find @ 318-549-6119.

 

Click here to obtain a copy of the Louisiana's Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities booklet.

 

Bossier Parish Special Education Department

Mercy Center Supply Drive

The Mercy Center residents will benefit from the generous contribution of everyday household supplies.  The Mercy Center administration wish to pass along their many thanks for the items we donated. Cindi Barulli, Sherry Smith, and some some Haughton High Schools students were able to deliver the items last week and visit with the folks involved with this most deserving organization. The residents were light-hearted and fun to be around, as well as grateful! 

Thanks to all who contributed items for them :)

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Petition for High School Diploma (ACT 303)

Act 303 authorizes a person who is no longer enrolled in a public school but was identified as a student with a disability and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the state high school graduation exit examination requirements, to petition his or her city, parish, or other local public school board to receive a high school diploma. Such petitions shall be submitted to the local school system by December 31, 2017. The local school system must transmit diploma requests to the Department of Education in accordance with Department procedures and guidelines, which will be forthcoming.

Form-ACT 303 Petition for HS Diploma 8-17-16.pdf

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COLLEGE NOW A REALITY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

A major milestone was crossed December 17, 2013 for some previously under-served Bossier Parish students. It was finalized with two signatures.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by Bossier ...more

CHILD FIND

 WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

Your local school system may be able to help a child who has a learning problem or disability.  With parental permission, services could include: 

  • Free Screening to learn if the child should be tested.

  • If screening indicates, an evaluation to see what type of help the child may need.

  • If the evaluation finds the child to need services, services may include free special education instruction, speech services, occupational services, physical therapy services, and /or social work services.

For more information call 549-6119

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Additional Notes

Special Education

The Bossier Parish School System provides a continuum of direct, related and support services to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. Educational opportunities are provided for students ages 3-21 at schools throughout the district. Services include, but are not limited to, gifted, talented, speech, OT, PT, health care, and counseling as well as a rigorous classroom placement to help all students improve and reach their potential.

Bossier Parish Public Schools (BPSB) assures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish between the ages of 3 and 21.

BPSB assures that all procedures for the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process are followed.

The Director of Special Education is responsible for the general supervision of identification, location and evaluation of activities/services for students who are suspected of being disabled and for the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish Public Schools.

 

Inclusion

Inclusion continues to be the service model “philosophy” in Bossier Parish. Our elementary, middle and high schools have inclusive settings available to serve students if determined by the IEP team as best “placement”. With special education and regular classroom teachers collaborating to provide the most effective instruction for all students, some special education students receive instruction from special education while in a regular classroom.

The inclusion approach enables students with disabilities to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special education teacher or trained paraprofessional.  The teachers work collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the general curriculum.

 

Community-Based Education

Community-Based Education trains special education students through first-hand experience to become self-sufficient and able to function in the community.

 

Technology

All special education teachers have computers in their classrooms. Students also have access to iPads and computers with programs to enhance their learning. Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel. The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer.

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Our Services and Programs

The Bossier Parish School System offers a wide variety of programs that are destined to provide quality education, which will equip all students to function at their highest potential in a complex and changing society. Opportunities for services are provided to students beginning at the preschool level (age 3-5) and continuing through the age of 21.

Placement and services flow from the needs of the students identified through a referral process that includes a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE) which provides the foundation for the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) prior to making a placement decision for participation in one or more of the the Special Education programs.

As stated in Louisiana's Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities, "A student with a disability is entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE)". Our department works diligently with parish staff to ensure FAPE by providing student programs and services, many of which are listed below:

Adapted Physical Education
Assistive Technology
Educational Interpreter Services
Extended School Year
IEP (Individualized Education Program)
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Educational Setting
Orientation and Mobility
Related School Health Services
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Speech/Language Pathology Services
Transition Services

 

What is CLIP?

College Life Is Possible, or CLIP, is a collaborative partnership between the Bossier Parish School System and Bossier Parish Community College.  CLIP is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who have completed 4 years of high school. The program is located on BPCC’s campus presenting students with an opportunity to be educated in a college environment alongside their peers. The goal of CLIP is to prepare students for independent living and employment.

The educational environment in CLIP raises the standards of expectations to one similar to that of their peers. Students spend a portion of their day engaged in challenging academic curriculum that addresses self determination skills such as goal setting, decision making, and problem solving. The CLIP curriculum also addresses independent life skills such as money management and social skills. Finally, employability skills related to interviews, filling out job applications, and career awareness are addressed.

Another portion of a CLIP student’s day is spent in a community vocational internship.  CLIP is currently partnered with several businesses in the Bossier area including Willis Knighton Hospital and Red River Sanitors at The Louisiana Boardwalk.  CLIP offers students a wide variety of opportunities in numerous career areas for different job experiences.