Summary

Student Support Services-Licensed | Multiple Buildings

Description

TYPE OF POSITION:
FTE
Hours may vary based on program needs
 
REPORTS TO:
Director of Special Education Programs
 
SUPERVISION:
Designated Physical Therapist Assistants
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required

  • Current Minnesota Physical Therapist license

Preferred

  • Previous related experience

 
POSITION SUMMARY:
Physical Therapists are members of a school team that ensures a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities to prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Gathering appropriate information from students, parents and other team members regarding the child’s functional motor performance in school settings

  • Selecting, administering and interpreting a variety of screening instruments and standardized measurement tools
  • Examining and evaluating eligible students’ strengths and needs to establish their ability to participate in meaningful school activities and routines with or without assistance
  • Participating in team meetings, including parent conferences
  • Participating in the IEP/504 process, including collaboratively determining the need for physical therapy as a related service or as a reasonable accommodation 
  • Forming partnerships and working with other team members in the school setting to promote an effective physical therapy plan of care
  • Coordinating physical therapy interventions within the school program
  • Adapting environments to facilitate student access and participation in the educational program
  • Functioning as a consultant to other school personnel, parents, and students to coordinate the delivery of physical therapy services, which may include: o interpretation of assessments and recommendations; explanation of the potential impact of developmental, medical and/or sensorimotor problems on school performance; instruction of other caregivers in the physical management of students, such as safe lifting, positioning, assisted ambulation, gross motor programs, vocational tasks, leisure activities, and/or equipment use; and setting realistic expectations for student performance in school; selecting, modifying, or customizing adaptive equipment and assistive technology
  • Educating school personnel and families to promote inclusion of students within the educational experience by developing, demonstrating, training, and monitoring the effectiveness of strategies and intervention activities, using data to make decisions which includes the use of assistive technology for access and participation in the general education curriculum
  • Supporting the safe transportation of students
  • Referring students to other related service personnel and to healthcare providers as appropriate
  • Serving as a liaison among school, medical personnel, and medical equipment vendors
  • Supervises physical therapist assistants for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of school’s curriculum as well as meeting the needs of students
  • Transports supplies and equipment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items desired
  • Other duties as assigned

 
PHYSICAL FACTORS:

  • Frequent:  walking, standing, sitting, hearing, talking, and seeing; significant lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing

 
All Employees of Saint Cloud School District 742 are responsible to support District goals, to work collaboratively and respectfully with diverse populations of staff, students and parents and to model and promote a welcoming working and learning environment.  Employees are expected to support and adapt to change and to demonstrate commitment to continuous performance improvement.  Employees are responsible to establish and maintain effective communication with students, teachers, support staff, colleagues and parents, respect confidential matters, encourage a safe and secure environment throughout the District, and to be dependable and accountable in the performance of their work.
 
It is the prerogative of the District to assign staff so as to best meet the needs of the District.