KSSB offers a variety of services to meet student needs. Determining which services are appropriate requires a thoughtful, data-driven process that includes an accurate exchange of information and effective communication among parents, KSSB staff, and local schools. Meeting the needs of students with Visual Impairments is a shared responsibility that KSSB embraces and takes seriously. Parents are welcome to contact our staff and/or arrange a campus visit. Being present physically is often the best way to get a feel for our campus environment.
KSSB works closely with Local Education Agencies and Part C (birth-age 3) Agencies to meet the needs of students with Visual Impairments. When a school or agency needs more information or is interested in exploring services, we send out an electronic "intake" document. This form asks for information that allows us to better understand what the concern is and which of our staff need to be involved in the conversation. In some instances, KSSB's outreach team might arrange a visit to a student's home or school to gather information, conduct an assessment, or provide resources. In other cases, the IEP may recommend that a student be referred for an evaluation on our campus.
Admission to our school results from a local IEP team recommendation that a student be referred for an evaluation at KSSB. Based upon the evaluation outcomes, the KSSB evaluation team and the local school district IEP team (including the students and their parents), review the evaluation findings and develop a new IEP. A plan is developed to ensure that all parties (parents, district staff, and KSSB staff) understand the responsibilities necessary to ensure the student's successful return to his or her home school district. For high school students, a plan for post-school activities (higher education, rehabilitation training, employment) is developed if the student is likely to graduate from KSSB.
The key admission features are: