Lolo SD provides and works with others to provide a wide range of resources for its students and parents. The following are just a few of those resources. Please contact either of the Lolo School Elementary or Middle School offices for further information.
Title I Program
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Lolo’s Title I program has 2.6 teachers and 1.5 instructional paraprofessionals and a variety of other resources available. Title I at Lolo is available to targeted students in all grades, and primarily focused on helping students achieve proficiency in grade-level curriculum mathematics and literacy standards. If required by the Office of Public Instruction, Title I funds may also be made available to students in specific grade levels for supplementary educational services. (Some information courtesy of www2.ed.gov)
Lolo School has four resource rooms. Our resources rooms and resource room staff are available to all Lolo students needing additional assistance with academics. Our resource rooms and staff have specialized training in remediation of academic skills. The resource staff help all grade levels and all student with Response to Intervention (RtI) because of their special training. In addition to RtI, our resource rooms serve students who have been identified to receive special education services and accommodations.
Comprehensive Schools and Community Treatment (CSCT) is a program operated at Lolo School through the Western Montana Mental Health Center. This program is designed to provide in-school support for children with a serious emotional disturbance. The CSCT team, made up of a licensed mental health clinician and a behavioral specialist, offers individual and group therapy sessions, family therapy and supports, in class support, and advocacy for students in the program. The goal is to improve the student’s skill set and support improved academic success and behavior. (Information courtesy of Western Montana Mental Health Center)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1974 provided schools with direction on eliminating discrimination for students with a qualifying disability. The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met. (Information courtesy of www2.ed.gov)
The role of special education is to serve students who have been identified as having educational needs that may not be fully met through general classroom instruction. Students served through special education have met state and federal criteria and have individualized plans that address their specific educational needs in the most inclusive (least restrictive) way possible. Lolo’s special education staff are supported by the Missoula Area Education Cooperative (MAEC). MAEC works with Lolo School to provide services related to special education such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, a part-time school psychologist, and a variety of other consultants to serve the unique needs of our learners. MAEC also helps coordinate ongoing professional development for special education staff and administration.
Counselors serve a critical role at Lolo School. Their primary focus areas are to help support students by providing social skills education, techniques for emotional regulation, character development and classroom guidance lessons. They also work to make sure the basic needs of each student are being met by finding or providing resources to students and their families. School counselors also help students transition from grade to grade and coordinate the transition to high school. School counselors do not provide therapeutic or clinical counseling services, but will do everything they can to support the work of outside counselors and therapists. Lolo’s school counselors play key roles in school wide behavior programs such as the Olweus Bully Prevention program and Montana Behavior Initiative.
Lolo is very fortunate to have a full time school nurse. In addition to tending to the inevitable bumps and scrapes that occur at school, our nurse serves as a health education resource for all students. Lolo’s nurse maintains emergency first aid kits and AEDs for the District. The nurse also coordinates with school counselors and parents to train staff on special health circumstances such as asthma, severe allergies, and unique health conditions of our students. The nurse is an initial coordinator for healthcare plans for students who have more increased healthcare needs during the school day- anything from prescription medication administration to seizure disorders.