Developing Healthy Kids

The Developing Healthy Kids Campaign was established by Rockford Public Schools in 2011 to support mental health awareness. With the generous assistance from our sponsors, the campaign provides students, parents, staff and the community with multiple presentations, covering a wide range of topics including mental health education, addiction & substance abuse, suicide prevention and technology safety. Many other support systems are in place for students throughout the school year and during the school day to support the well-being of all the Rockford Public Schools’ students.

Early Childhood Special Education

Our ECSE, Early Childhood Special Education, is a program that is funded by the Rockford Public Schools, and the state and federal governments. Each child is tested by the early childhood diagnostic team, and only those with a delay in one or more developmental areas qualify for programming. Once a child qualifies, goals and objectives are written based on test results and parental input. The child’s daily instruction focuses on specific goals and objectives, as well as age-appropriate and developmental skills.

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R1TS programs help provide the necessary support and training for students who are not quite ready to meet the demands of life after high school.  R1TS concentrates on the four areas of Transition:  Employment, Post-Secondary Education, Community Involvement and Home Living.  All programs require students to be able to communicate needs and tend to personal management issues, as they work toward their identified IEP Transition goals.

Response to Intervention

All students in grades K-2 are screened three times a year to monitor progress throughout the curriculum. Some students may show that they need additional assistance mastering the skills at their grade level. These students are then referred to the CAT team and possible placement in Tier II or Tier III for interventions. District reading assessments and The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are used as assessment tools.

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