What is the O'Bryant PATH Program?
What is PATH?
The PATH Program provides special education services for students with an IEP for Emotional Impairment. Students identified for PATH have at least one diagnosed medical condition that impairs healthy socio-emotional functioning, and thus are entitled to accommodations to help bolster school adjustment and decrease school failure risks. These students generally have "W3" (Fragile) special needs code; however, some may have "X3" (Autism) coded as the primary disability.
What is the PATH Community Room?
Located on the top floor in Room 3-333, the PATH Community Room is a therapeutic milieu (or "comfort room") for students with Emotional Impairment. The space functions as a therapeutic learning center for Social and Emotional Learning & Wellness (SEL/WELL). Students use the space as a school-based respite for anxiety and stress management, crisis management and diversion, deescalation, reentry transition, and for the development of life and social skills. Other services include:
- 1:1 Counseling
- Social Skills Groups
- Two sections of Personal Growth class (SEL/WELL)
- Twice daily "lunch bunch" groups for students who require a smaller setting
- Extended school day hours (6:45AM-2:30PM Daily)
- Case Management
- Teacher Consultation
- Therapeutic Outings
- ...and more!
What is the PATH "anytime" pass?
Per their IEPs, PATH students have anytime access to the PATH Community Room and should be granted a pass if requested. To support the teaching and learning process, when a student arrives with a pass, our three-fold goal is to: 1) assess the immediate need(s); 2) provide the appropriate intervention and supports; and 3) transition the student back to class.
How do teachers make a PATH Referral?
If a teachers suspects a student has an emotional disability and/or may require PATH Program supports they fill out an SST Referral form. This will initiate the pre-referral process to assess the appropriate levels of interventions and, if appropriate, determine the need for a special education evaluation.
Are there other PATH Programs in BPS?
There are several "Fragile" programs in the district (we don't use the "F" word at O'B), including Snowden, TechBoston, Urban Science Academy (USA), Boston Collegiate Leadership Academy (BCLA), East Boston and others.
Is PATH an acronym?
PATH is not an acronym at the district level. At O'Bryant, PATH Program stands for: Personal Growth, Achievement, Teamwork, Health & Wellness.