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United States Army
Reception Campus, Bldg 109 Langford Lake Rd
Fort Irwin, CA 92310-1420
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention and special education services to eligible children and young adults. Early intervention services, or EIS, are available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Installation EFMP Family Support providers can provide specific information and resources for these services.
All states and territories must provide early intervention services to children who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays, from birth to their third birthday.
Most CONUS locations, local school districts or health departments provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because that is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs has a list of resources specific to each state to help you determine who you should contact. Your installation EFMP Family Support provider can also answer your questions.
If you are moving OCONUS or to a CONUS location with a DODEA school (and you live on installation), your child will receive EIS through the Defense Department’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, program.
When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child's most current individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
All states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21.
When a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. When a child transfers to another state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until an IEP review can determine if a new evaluation or IEP is appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all necessary school and medical documents, including the most current IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school to begin the process as soon as you arrive.
Special Education services are provided at all schools in the Silver Valley Unified School District. Each school serving students from Fort Irwin has at least one Special Day Class (SDC) and a Resource Specialist Program (RSP) classroom. Based on student need, sites may have multiple SDC and RSP classrooms. Silver Valley also has an Alternative School, which meets the special education needs of students who are unable to function within or graduate from the comprehensive high school. This is on a case by case basis.
Special Day Classes
SDC is a self-contained classroom in which students who require special education instruction for 50% or more of the school day are enrolled and instructed. Silver Valley's SDC program is designed to mainstream students in the regular education programs every opportunity appropriate for each student. SDC classrooms are located at Lewis Elementary School, Tiefort View Intermediate School, Fort Irwin Middle School and Silver Valley High School. Severely or profoundly disabled children may be transferred to a county program should their needs not be met within the schools of the Silver Valley Unified School District.
Resource Specialist ProgramsRSP is a program for students receiving special education instruction for less than 50% of the school day. These students are typically provided with extra support within the regular education classroom and, as needed, may be pulled out of the regular education classroom for special assistance during specifically scheduled periods of the day or week. They are taught by credentialed resource specialists. RSP programs are available at Lewis Elementary School, Tiefort View Intermediate School, Fort Irwin Middle School and Silver Valley High School.
Students with Severe Behavioral Problems
SED students experience severe behavioral problems which prevent them and their peers from learning and getting along with others. Their special needs are many times met within the district's SDC programs. In extreme cases, there are alternative settings for the students. In Silver Valley USD, SED students are served through the Alternative Education Center's SUCCESS Program. Younger severe behavior students may be transferred to a county program only if necessary to meet their unique needs.
Speech TherapySpeech therapy helps children with difficulties in speaking and/or using language appropriately. Speech students are pulled out of the regular education classroom for group and/or individual therapy sessions during regularly scheduled periods of the week or month and are taught by a speech and language therapist or pathologist. Silver Valley has five speech therapists serving our students from 3 years of age through twelfth grade.