Training for students with disabilities

Warren County School District is offering some specialized training for parents of students with disabilities.

The district will offer first aid, CPR, automated external defibrillators, and anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector training on Saturday.

“The Warren County School District Special Education Department recognizes the necessity of interventions for children with disabilities,” Director of Pupil Services Dr. Patricia Hawley said. “We are providing the First Aid/CPR Training to facilitate an opportunity for parents to develop understanding for how to respond to a non-responsive child and/or a student with disability in a medical emergency.”

Registration deadline is Friday. The cost of the training is $27. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the district office at the former Russell Elementary School on Market Street Extension.

The training builds upon the district’s efforts to similarly train staff — starting with Tiffany Lester in the office of pupil services — last year.

“In 2016-2017, we implemented availability throughout the school year to facilitate first aid/CPR training for WCSD staff providing direct special education and medical services to students with disabilities to ensure they are appropriately trained,” Hawley said. “The Special Education Department trains staff to provide appropriate direct medical services in the school setting and we are encouraging parents to engage in this opportunity to help prepare them to support their child.”

The class is limited to 10 participants. There are still openings and those looking to sign up should call Lester at 723-6903 extension 1037 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The first aid and CPR training will kick off more offerings from the district’s special education department.

“The Warren County School District special education department will begin to focus on parent trainings in 2017-2018 to promote opportunities for parents to have access to information about special education services and programs, IEP process, and special education curriculum,” Hawley said.