Curriculum & Instruction
Walking along the beach one day, a man came upon another man throwing starfish into the sea. The starfish had beached themselves as they sometimes do, and the beach was covered with them.
"What are you doing?" asked the first man.
"I'm throwing the starfish back into the sea", replied the second man.
"But there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish. You can't possibly make a difference."
Holding a starfish he had just picked up, the second man replied, "I can make a difference for this one."
In any school system, big or small, there are always students who "fall through the cracks", students whose needs are not met by the traditional classroom and curriculum. The Student Services staff attempts to meet the needs of these students by:
- assisting in the learning process;
- helping students become better adjusted to school life, socially as well as academically; and
- determining strengths and weaknesses in order to help students realize their learning potential.
Policy Against Discrimination
A. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or genetic information, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity; in any employment conditions or practices conducted by the School Board of Highlands County; or with respect to equal access to school facilities.
B. The School Board shall comply with all state and federal laws, which prohibit discrimination and are designed to protect the civil rights of applicants, employees, students, or other persons or organizations protected by applicable law, e.g., Boy Scouts of America or other Title 36 Youth Groups.
C. The School Board shall admit students to District Schools, programs, and classes without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability or handicap.
D. The School Board shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This law makes it unlawful to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability who can perform the essential functions of his/her job with reasonable accommodations.
If you would like to request ADA Accomodations for any services provided by this department, please call (863) 471-5748 for assistance.
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