The philosophy of Fernan Elementary Resource Services is to provide each student with an individualized program designed to meet the student’s needs as an exceptional learner in accordance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The goal is to enable each student to utilize the potential that he/she possesses to become a well-adjusted contributing member of society. We believe that each student, regardless of exceptionality, is entitled to this opportunity in the least restrictive environment.

    In order for the resource program to be most effective, the staff will utilize a variety of methods, strategies, and resources. To enhance the resource program, teachers and teacher assistants are involved in ongoing education regarding teaching innovations, updated information and teacher effectiveness.  Progress monitoring is being implemented to ensure that students make appropriate progress. It is essential to work closely with parents to provide cooperative support between the home and school, which will enable students to achieve success.
    Our belief is that children can best be served through the cooperative efforts of teachers, principals, support personnel, and parents. In order to meet the needs of all students, a complete system of support services, identification, diagnosis, and placement has been developed.


    The special services staff of Fernan Elementary shall:

    1. Enlist support from general education teachers to ensure the success of students with disabilities.
    2. Provide skills necessary so that students fulfill their potential and become productive members of society.
    3. Encourage parents to be actively involved in the educational process.
    4. Provide activities and an atmosphere conducive to the development and improvement of self-esteem and emotional well-being.