Issue 107

Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Emotional Disturbance means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance:

  • An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.
  • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
  • In appropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances.
  • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
  • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
  • Emotional disturbance includes schizophrenia. The term does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted, unless it is determined that they have an emotional disturbance under paragraph (B) (10)(d)(v) of this rule.

Currently, CMSD offers a small, single classroom environment for some students identified with an emotional disturbance who need more intensive supports than in a regular education classroom. These classrooms have up to ten students, a teacher and a paraprofessional. While academics are always the focus, the student will receive specialized behavioral support designed to meet their individual needs. ED teachers receive additional training on utilizing behavioral supports in the classroom in order to meet the needs of their students. The student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) would determine the best placement for the student.