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The Office of Disability Services

The Sylvania City School District provides a continuum of services to students ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).  Services are provided in accordance with Ohio's Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.            

  • Evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities, birth through age 21; 
  • Education for all children with disabilities, age three through 21 years. 
  • Students with disabilities must be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), per state/federal laws. The special education department of Sylvania schools collaborates with staff from each of the district buildings to provide students with access and progress in the general education curriculum. Intervention Assistance Teams (IAT) and IEP teams work together with families to create and support strategies for student learning and/or behavioral success. 
  • Promotes an understanding of the rights, independence, and responsibility for students from early intervention/preschool through senior high school and onward to independent living, employment or post secondary education
  • Assists regular education teachers in identifying student needs and interventions
  • Guides intervention specialists (special education teachers) and support staff (therapists/paraprofessionals) to use best practices for supporting student needs
  • Provides all district staff with legally defensible procedures to follow legislative requirements of laws for persons with disabilities
  • Offers or accesses training to support staff professional development
  • Monitor 504 Plans for students which provide teachers updated accommodations to support the learning.
If you received an email concerning the Doe v. Ohio Deptartement of Education case, please note that all districts in Ohio are required to provide notice of the settlement of the case. Sylvania Schools is not part of the case. We are following ODE recommendation to provide notice of the proposed settlement.  (PDF) (RTF)


Rose Gaiffe 
Rose Gaiffe
Disability Services Director
Department Contacts (PDF) (RTF


Parent Resources (PDF) (RTF
Special Education Definitions (PDF) (RTF)
Parents Rights in Special Education (PDF) (RTF
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