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The staff will meet as a group to develop three maps of the school district indicating:

  • the location of each student
  • the campuses assigned to each teacher
  • the campuses assigned to each O&M

Guidelines for assigning students to teacher caseloads:

  • Each VI teacher will work with at least one braille student, if possible, to maintain proficiency in braille and non-academic compensatory skills. This will be the first division of students.
  • Only one VI teacher will work on a specific campus, if possible, to ensure efficient travel and allow staff members to develop relationships with other school personnel on campuses. On campuses where the student VI population is very large, more than one teacher may be assigned.
  • Efforts will be made to equalize hours of service, with consideration for a mixture of direct and consultative student assignments.
  • The geographic location of schools will be considered when assigning students to caseloads, to minimize travel time.
  • One VI teacher will be assigned to the year-round schools to serve students with visual impairments in that program. The O&M staff works an extended year and can serve year- round students as needed. Staff will be assigned, as appropriate, to meet the needs of that program.
  • The VI staff has proposed assigning students across age and ability levels to each teacher starting in the upcoming school year. This will allow more flexibility among district staff and is desirable from the standpoint of individual professional development. The staff acknowledged the need to share expertise with each other for mutual support as they learn about students with different abilities and needs.
  • Students will be assigned to a new VI teacher and O&M specialist at least every three years, when possible.
  • New students and referrals will be assigned by the VI staff and supervisor. The staff and supervisor will review caseloads at least quarterly.