What is an Educational Support Team (EST)?
The educational support team (EST) is one component of a school’s educational support system (ESS). The job of an EST is to act as a “think tank” and help solve the puzzle of what is happening in school for a student and determine what he/she might need to be more successful. It is also the job of the EST, with the aid of the classroom teacher, to monitor, review and revise students’ EST plans to ensure that the suggested programs, supports, and/or accommodations are effective. The focus is on what school staff can do differently, such as changing strategies, adjusting the environment, and altering expectations. The EST can also provide data to help evaluate and improve programs. Any school employee, parent, or student may make a referral to an EST. The EST Coordinator for Sheldon Elementary School is the Principal, Linda Keating. The EST is comprised of the principal, math specialist, reading specialist, behavior specialist, guidance counselor, school psychologist, school-home-community outreach coordinator, and a classroom teacher.
What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights act prohibiting discrimination based on disability. Section 504 applies to all agencies that receive federal funds, including public schools, federal agencies, and places of public accommodation. At Sheldon Elementary, all staff and administrators have the responsibility of insuring that all students with disabilities are identified, evaluated and provided with needed accommodations resulting in a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Section 504 is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Students with disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity such as learning, working, hearing, speaking, etc. may require an individual accommodation plan or specific services to ensure access to education and school sponsored activities. A 504 plan is created to ensure a child has access to an education designed to provide educational benefit despite the child’s disability; it must be at no cost to the parent; and it must be provided in an environment that affords the greatest alignment with what is available to non-disabled peers. The 504 Coordinator for Sheldon Elementary School is the Principal, Linda Keating.
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