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Student Assistant - Exceptional Children


Under general supervision, provides student specific supervision for physically and/or behaviorally disabled students.  Employee assists in the implementation of the IEP and helps students meet basic daily needs such as nutrition, personal hygiene, special medical procedures/equipment, medications, etc. Employee must maintain accurate records regarding the implementation of the plan. Employee may assist with daily classroom routines as well as providing guidance and coaching to students. Employee may accompany students for the entire or partial school day, maintaining the safety of the students and assisting with all physical tasks and/or behavioral management needs.  Employee may assist teachers with general housekeeping and clerical duties as available.



Accompanies student requiring constant observation, care and assistance due to a highly dangerous physically limiting and/or behavioral disability; accompanies the student at all designated times, assisting with personal care needs, mobility, motor skills, behavioral management and de-escalation techniques as necessary to protect the student or others from injury.


Assists students in meeting basic daily needs such as feeding, personal hygiene, special medical procedure/equipment, and administering medications.


Assists students with daily living skills (i.e. toileting, feeding, diaper change, etc.)


Administers and/or supervises the administration of medication, therapy and/or other special treatment required by the student; maintains records of all treatment.


Assists classroom teacher in the implementation of the students’ IEPs.


Maintains confidentially of all student information.


Maintains accurate records of services provided.


Use various assistive technology equipment and augmentative communication devices to assist students with school related activities (as needed).


Maintains daily work log and keeps records of student progress and communicates with teacher; assists classroom teacher as the situation warrants.


Constantly monitors the safety and well-being of students; monitors student attitudes and encourages self-esteem; assists students with becoming increasingly independent.


Participates in staff development as directed.


Teacher assistants with an effective date of hire 9/1/18 and beyond will be required to substitute bus drive as needed.


Performs other related work as required.



A minimum of 48 semester hours of college coursework.  Some experience working with physically and/or behaviorally disabled children preferred.


Teacher assistants with an effective date of hire 9/1/18 and beyond must hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsement or be willing and eligible to obtain a CDL driver’s license with P/S endorsements at the next training opportunity. If a candidate does not pursue a CDL driver’s license with P/S endorsements at the next training opportunity or is ineligible to obtain a CDL driver’s license with P/S endorsements for any reason, this could result in recommendation for dismissal.



Must be able to use a variety of equipment and classroom tools such as computers, copiers, typewriters, calculators, pencils, scissors, and equipment for children with special needs, etc. 


Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.


Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.


Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. 


Requires the ability to communicate effectively with students and staff.



General knowledge of activities performed by teacher.


General knowledge of daily routines of the classroom.


General knowledge of student handbook.


General knowledge of procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.


General knowledge of methods of adapting instruction, equipment and tools for children with special needs.


General knowledge of the principles of organization and administration.


Some knowledge of the curriculum for the grade.


Ability to constantly monitor the safety and well-being of students, particularly when student is participating in an inclusive activity.


Ability to motivate students.


Ability to maintain a clean and orderly environment.


Ability to perform general clerical duties.


Ability to maintain order and discipline in a classroom.


Ability to operate common office machines.


Ability to maintain basic files and records.


Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


REPORTS TO:  Teacher

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.