The goal of the Extended Day Program (Dormitory) is to provide an environment that encourages each student to reach his/her potential and to strive for independence. Students will grow in daily living skills, social awareness, self-confidence and learn to appreciate creative leisure.
KSSB is not a medical or custodial facility, nor is it intended for respite services. KSSB is an educational facility which maintains student residences so that students living beyond commuting range may access the school’s educational program. The mission of the school requires that priority be given to students meeting the above criterion.
The Dormitory can provide an opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills of daily living in conjunction with instruction occurring within the normal school day per the IEP. As appropriate, an IEP committee may identify the residences as the instruction site for time limited, prescriptive instruction of day students with specific needs related to the skills of daily living.
Students in residence at KSSB are away from family, family physicians, and other supports for periods of time. Each child and his/her unique needs and circumstances must be considered in making decisions about utilizing the student residences. Certain characteristics must be thoroughly evaluated in terms of KSSB’s ability to adequately assume overnight responsibility for students, such as the non-inclusive list that follows:
Each student is provided a room with a bed (with drawers underneath), a table or desk, chair(s), three-drawer chest, armoire with bottom drawer and shelves. Residents are encouraged to bring items from home to place in their rooms to make them more personal. We encourage students to bring some of their favorite toys to play with and share with others. Many students bring digital music/CD players, radios, stuffed toys, and games. Advance permission from the Dormitory Director is required for students to bring portable televisions, stereo equipment, video game equipment, and computers. Parents should mark these things with the student’s name.
The lower level of the dorm includes a lounge on each side for student use to watch TV or visit with others. The large screen TV is connected to a DVD player and VCR. No boys are allowed on the girls’ side; no girls are allowed on the boys’ side. A large activity room is available for all students to watch movies, play games, and do crafts. The teaching kitchen is on this level, and can be used with adult supervision. A laundry room on this level is used to help teach the students how to do their laundry. A guestroom on this level will accommodate up to three (3) guests, with advance permission.
The upper level of the dorm includes a lounge on each side for student use to watch TV or visit with others. The large screen TV is connected to a DVD player and VCR. No boys are allowed on the girls’ side; no girls are allowed on the boys’ side. The great room on this floor is for all student use to watch TV or movies, listen to music, play karaoke, play the piano, or choose from a large selection of reading materials in Braille or recorded form. A student kitchen on this floor contains a microwave, refrigerator and several counter-top appliances for student use. A guest room is available to be reserved. The inside apartment is also on this floor. An elevator is available to transport students with special mobility needs between the floors.
Each lounge area contains a computer with adaptive software for student use. A computer technology room on the lower level has four complete workstations with computers, copy stands, reading lamps, adjustable keyboard shelves, and adaptive software. Two CCTVs are in this room, along with Braille and print printers and a copy machine. This computer lab is used for study hall and can be used at other times with staff permission. Braillers, talking calculators and additional supplies are readily available for student use.
Students residing on campus are evaluated as to their skills and performance in techniques of daily living. Residential staff, in conjunction with parents and classroom teachers, determines skill areas in which students will receive instruction during the course of the year. Progress reports are written at the end of each quarter and are submitted to the parents along with the academic grades and IEP progress reports. Communication among parents, dormitory staff and teachers can be initiated through student notebooks when needed, and telephone calls to review the child’s progress and solicit parental input. Parent involvement is always welcomed and encouraged in order to better program for the student. When parents want to talk about their child’s progress in the Dormitory Program, we suggest that they contact the dormitory staff-Case Managers, Activity Coordinator, and/or Dormitory Director.
For our seniors and transition year students, we offer an apartment living experience tailored to their needs and abilities. Students must apply for this apartment experience and meet set standards in areas of self-help skills, self-responsibility, and independent daily living skills in order to be recommended for this program. Some students may experience a greater sense of independence through a modified apartment experience with the addition of a microwave and small refrigerator in their room as they begin to prepare their own meals, shop for groceries, manage their time and learn to manage their medications (with supervision from the health center staff). Others may live in the one bedroom apartment located in the dorm. Greater responsibility comes with this increased independence, including paying bills, maintaining grades and passing weekly inspection. Permission to stay in a free-standing two bedroom cottage located outside the dorm may be granted, if the training program with the apartment goes well.