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Coventry Local Schools

Special Services

Special Services

Special Services

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  This is my 12th year overseeing the special education program for Coventry Local School District.  Approximately 324 of the students who attend Coventry, ages three through 22 years of age, have been identified as a student with a disability and are provided a free appropriate public education in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Students with disabilities have unique characteristics and needs, many of which are best met by the classroom teacher who differentiates instruction within the regular classroom with the support of special education and related service providers. The team of professionals works collaboratively to assure that all students with disabilities have access to the same curriculum as typical students.  When a student needs more supports than can be arranged in a general education classroom, special classes are provided to meet the student’s needs.  

Special education and related services are determined through the Response To Intervention (RTI) process, a tiered model of prevention and intervention aimed at closing the achievement gap among students with disabilities, at-risk learners, and the rest of the student body. This tiered intervention model uses data to determine intervention effectiveness. At all stages of this process, data are used to make decisions. The RTI model integrates school-wide empirically based research academic and positive behavior support (PBS) interventions to improve the performance of all learners. By using the RTI model to address the academic and behavioral needs of the entire student body, the district and principal-led building teams can reduce the number of children who also need targeted or intensive intervention. 

Currently there are 13 federally defined disability categories for special education.   A child’s who is eligible for special education must meet the definitions of one of these categories.

Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5)

Preschool Special Education Services are provided through a consortium with the Summit County Educational Service Center. Children between the ages of 3 to 5 years of age suspected of having a disability should contact the Summit County Educational Service Center to schedule a screening. Please click on the preschool link on the side of this page for more details.

School Age (ages 6-21) students with identified disability conditions

  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability 
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

I wish you all a great school year!

Melissa Dort, Director of Pupil Services