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Vallecitos school board adds substitute paraeducator position

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Vallecitos School District has added a new position for a substitute paraeducator/instructional aide.

A 3-0 Vallecitos School District board vote Tuesday, Oct. 10, with Terese Kristensen absent and one vacant seat, approved the new position. The paraeducator and instructional aide will provide assistance to students in direct and/or indirect instruction under the general direction of a regular education teacher, special education teacher, or related service provider.

“It was much needed,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent and chief business officer of Vallecitos School District, said. “Our student needs in special ed are increasing.”

The paraeducator and instructional aide will be engaged with one or more students for instructional activities, physical or behavior management or other purposes and will provide assistance to students based on specific objectives within a set timeframe, provide documentation on progress related to specific objectives and assist in the implementation of instructional programs. The aide will assist with the grooming, dressing and toileting needs of students as needed and will confer with the supervising teacher or case manager regarding student progress or issues of concern. The paraeducator and instructional aide is authorized to place a student in a physical hold if that is necessary to maintain the safety of the child or others.

The position is for fewer than 30 hours per week.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected].


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