FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is SMECEC?
The Shawnee Mission Early Childhood Education Center, or SMECEC, is the Shawnee Mission School District’s early childhood center. Most early childhood special education staff are located at SMECE. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, staff that provide services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the district audiologist are also located at SMECEC. Staff at SMECEC also provide speech therapy to district students who attend private or parochial schools in the area.
How do I make an appointment with the Audiologist?
Students who live within the boundaries of the Shawnee Mission School District may have their hearing screened by the district audiologist, Sandy White. Hearing screenings for students who have failed the hearing screening conducted at their home school or who are transitioning to early childhood special education services from ITS of Johnson County; hearing screenings with the audiologist are by appointment only. Please call the SMECEC office at 913.993.2600 to schedule an appointment.
Where will my child attend kindergarten?
Shawnee Mission students attend kindergarten at their neighborhood school. To locate your neighborhood elementary school, visit the Shawnee Mission School District home page.
What immunizations does my child need to attend school?
The Kansas Department of Health and Education determines vaccination requirements for students in Kansas. Immunization requirements are updated frequently in response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and updates to Kansas state law. All students enrolled in the Pre-K Program or receiving early childhood special education services will be required to have the following immunizations for the 2013-2014 school year:
· Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis [DTaP]: four doses required. Booster needed after age 4 for kindergarten attendance.
· Poliomyelitis [IPV/OPV]: three doses required. Booster needed after age 4 for kindergarten attendance.
· Measles, Mumps, Rubella: one dose required; two doses required for kindergarten attendance.
· Hepatitis B: three doses required.
· Varicella (chickenpox): two doses required or physician documentation of the disease.
· Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib): three doses required for children less than 5 years of age. Total doses needed depends on the age of the child when doses given.
· Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7): four doses required for children less than 5 years of age. Total doses needed depends on the age of the child when doses given.
· Hepatitis A: two doses required for children less than 5 years of age.
Please follow up with your doctor and provide copies of all immunizations to the school nurse before the first day of school. Students who have not yet received the required immunizations will not be able to attend school until documentation is received.
What resources are available for my child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?