Mission Statement:

Delta County Schools believe in today’s competitive workforce, students with disabilities need assistance in transitioning from school to post-secondary schooling and employment. Transition services are a coordinated set of activities to support the student moving from school to post-school activities.

Legal Procedures for Transition Services:

Under both the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004, “transition services” are defined as a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within a results-oriented process, focused on improving academic and functional achievement to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities, including any of the following:

  • • Employment (including supported employment)
  • • Post-secondary education
  • • Vocational training
  • • Continuing and adult education
  • • Adult services
  • • Independent living
  • • Community participation

IDEA contains detailed requirements for planning the education of individual students including specific instruction for the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Beginning with the first IEP developed when the child is age 15, but no later than the end of 9th grade, the IEP must include measurable post-secondary goals based on age appropriate transition assessments, statements of specific transition services, including interagency linkages.

Education’s Role and Responsibility:

It is the school’s responsibility to plan and provide those services that will prepare the student to move successfully from school to the appropriate post-school environment and to assist the student to connect with the necessary community agencies that will provide support services. The post-school outcomes for post-secondary education or training, employment, and independent living are identified as part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning process and are based upon the student’s preferences, interests and needs. Transition services, including work and needs. Transition services, including work experience, that are educational and experiential in nature, are the responsibility of the local education agency. Appropriate services include:

  • • Planning and IEP development based on the student’s post-school goals
  • • Academic preparation for post-secondary education and training
  • • Vocational and career evaluation
  • • Job shadows and job tryouts
  • • Work experience
  • • Vocational education classes