About Transition Planning, including 18-21 Services information

What is transition planning?



Planning and preparation is important for any of life's transitions.  The phrase "those who aim at nothing hit it every time" is often true when it comes to planning for the future. The transition from high school to adulthood is one of many transitions that will happen throughout life. Life after high school is a transition that should be planned out well in advance.  According to federal guidelines the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) must address post-secondary (after high school) transition areas  when a student turns 15 but no later than the end of 9th grade.  It is important to note, though, that BVSD requires transition areas to be addressed in the IEP when a student is in 8th grade.  To learn more about the areas required in the IEP for transition planning you can click on the Indicator 13 tab located at the top of this page. Please take time, as well, to click on some of the other tabs located at the top of this page.  These tabs will lead you to valuable information regarding transition planning and services offered that support those plans.  Also check out the links, at the bottom of each page in this website; these links will lead you to a variety of helpful documents which you can use for transition planning.  Additionally, Jeffco (Jefferson County Public Schools)  received a grant which allowed them to produce some great videos related to transition planning.  You can access these videos by clicking here

Why make a plan?


School districts, including BVSD, help students with disabilities and their families plan for the transition from high school to living in the adult community as successfully as possible
 by incorporating transition components into a student's IEP (Individualized Education Plan). The ultimate goal for all students is to acquire the highest level of independence possible so that they are best prepared to live a successful adult life.  For some students, after exiting high school,  complete independence will be possible.  Other students might need supports throughout life.  BVSD will continue to strive to help every student develop the skills needed to live as successfully and independently as attainable.  
The decision for a student to receive additional educational services beyond the minimum credits needed for a high school diploma should be a team decision based on an overall educational plan that will assist the student to move as close as possible to his or her identified post-school outcomes.
 (source: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/download/pdf/FF-OctCount.pdf) 

Who plans? When? Hours?



BVSD's transition planning, which might also include 18-21 services, provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in the areas of education/training, employment, and/or independent living.   To access 18-21 services, or additional academic high school course programming, a student must have earned the minimum academic credits required to qualify for a BVSD diploma yet continue to have unmet goals pertaining to post-secondary outcomes in the areas of either education/training, employment, or independent living.  Students must agree to participate for a minimum of 5.5 hours of instruction per week.  Additional hours are decided by the IEP team and based on individual need(s).  Some students will remain at their home high school and this decision will be made by the IEP team based on students' specific needs regarding post-secondary outcomes.  If students do not continue to access specific academic classes at their home high school, in general, they will attend the transition center classes
(18-21servcies) for fewer hours per week than they did when they were taking a full load of academic courses at their home high school.  A natural step toward adulthood involves leaving the extended hours per day of an academic high school schedule and entering a schedule that consists of less in class time per week.   Students can receive services in their home high school or transition center setting until the semester that they turn 21 or until their goals pertaining to post-secondary outcomes have been met (whichever occurs first).  Services could be accessed anywhere from one to six semesters depending on when a student meets his or her goals, which, once again, are based on need(s) determined through assessments related to post-secondary outcomes.

Where should a student receive services ?



Sometimes when young adults leave the daily rigors of their high school instructional setting they may begin to experience gaps in academic skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice, apply and hone in on academic skills they have acquired throughout their high school years as they participate in classes offered at the transition center (18-21 services).  Some students can and will continue to be served within their home high school due to specific needs as determined by the IEP team.  Current assessment data combined with the post-school outcome goals will be reviewed to determine the appropriate setting (placement) for a student who has met the minimum credits for a BVSD diploma yet continues to have needs that will help them to move closer to their post-secondary goal. 

Outcomes?


Ideally,  BVSD would like all students to be ready to step into their post-secondary environment (as stated in their IEP) by the time they graduate from high school. There are several documents below that you may want to access to help you with planning the transition from high school to adult life.  Keep in mind that a student does not graduate from high school until the student receives a high school diploma. Once a student receives a diploma, all school district services end.  To view CDE's recent presentation regarding 18-21 services you can click here  Students who have met minimum credit requirements for a diploma yet will continue to receive special education services, due to unmet needs that will move them closer to their post-secondary outcomes, will have their diploma issued  with the year date printed on it in which they actually receive the diploma (not the year they participated in the graduation ceremonies).  Also, students can access SWAP (School to Work Alliance Program) which is associated with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and BVSD until they are 26 regardless of having received their diploma or not.  

Various transition planning documents can be found (and downloaded) by clicking on the links located at the bottom of this page. Additionally, resources regarding planning for life after high school are available by clicking on any of the following links:

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