About our Program
Welcome to the Exceptional Children Services (ECS) Home Page. The site is designed to assist community members, parents, prospective parents, educators and students. The website provides introductory information about special education services in the Bardstown City Schools and links to local, regional and national resources. Your suggestions concerning additional information or links are welcomed. Contact Lance Boston, Director of Special Education, with your ideas and comments.
Bardstown City Schools provide a continuum of educational and related services to students with identified disabilities in accordance with state and federal law. If you would like further information or feel your child would benefit from these services please contact us by email or phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Special Education?
Special Education Programs are provided through federal, state, and local resources as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Bardstown City Schools provides special education services to students who meet eligibility requirements of the Kentucky State Department of Education.
What should I do if I think my child has a disability?
If you suspect your child has a disability, talk with the principal or counselor of your child's school. During this time, you will work as a team member with your child's teacher and other educators who are familiar with the type of learning problem your child is experiencing. Strategies to help your child will be implemented at school and possibly at home. In many cases, these interventions are successful, and the student's achievement improves.
When interventions are not successful, and the team suspects a disability may be the cause, the team completes referral documentation, and an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meeting is called. At the ARC meeting, the committee reviews all information on your child and determines whether a disability is suspected. If so, the ARC designs an assessment for your child which will include formal and informal testing, questionnaires, and observations.
Upon completion of that assessment, the ARC will meet again to determine if the results meet eligibility requirements established by the Kentucky Department of Education. If your child qualifies, then the committee develops an Individual Education Plan which details how the specific learning needs will be met. Regular program reviews are conducted at least annually, and children in special education are re-evaluated at least every three years.