Genesee STEM Academy (GSTEMA) provides special services and supports to students who are eligible according to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. Eligible students may receive related services as determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) such as speech and language therapy, school social work services, occupational and/or physical therapy, etc. Genesee STEM Academy uses a Student Assistance Team process to address requests for student evaluation for special education. When making a determination of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Genesee STEM Academy uses a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in all buildings and all grades.
PATTERN OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES PROCESS – Eligibility for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
This process involves the collection of data to determine the following:
1. The student does not achieve adequately for the student’s age or to meet State-approved grade level standards in one or more of the areas identified at 34 CFR §300.309(a)(1)(i) when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the student’s age or State-approved grade-level standards; and
2. The student exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, State-approved grade-level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) to be relevant to the identification of a Specific Learning Disability, using appropriate assessments, consistent with the IDEA Evaluation Procedures and Additional Requirements for Evaluations and Reevaluations.
Source: Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (2010). Michigan criteria for determining the existence of a Specific Learning Disability.
Section 504 Plans
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Genesee STEM Academy provides Section 504 Plans and their respective accommodations to students with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities. Impairments may include caring for one’s self, bending, performing manual tasks, speaking, seeing, breathing, hearing, learning, eating, reading, sleeping, concentrating, walking, thinking, standing, communicating, lifting, working, and operation of a major bodily function.*
*The operation of a major bodily function includes, but is not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
Homeless, Wards, Residential, and Migrant Students
General and special education opportunities and services are available to any and all students enrolled in Genesee STEM Academy including students who are homeless, wards of the state, students living in residential facilities, and students of migrant workers.