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The Frederick County (Md.) The district has opened a new facility for students with mental and physical disabilities.

The new home for Rock Creek School in Frederick, Md., is a 79,000-square-foot facility, much larger than the 55,000-square-foot building it replaces, reports The Frederick News-Post.

Rock Creek provides special education to Frederick County students aged 3 to 21 with significant mental and physical disabilities. It shares a campus with Walkersville Middle School.

The $ 50 million facility will serve approximately 70 students and is equipped with a sensory room equipped with twinkling lights and vibrating massage chairs that vibrate to the beat of the music. An enclosed courtyard has play equipment accessible to students in wheelchairs. Hallways are lined with foam cubes to give over-excited students a quiet place to hide, and each room is equipped with plenty of soft and flexible seating options.

An educational kitchen area will allow older students to learn to cook safely, and a “movement room” has a climbing wall and accessible indoor play equipment.

Standard classroom spaces have also been improved. Each student has a desk with space for a wheelchair of any height, and each bathroom has elevators connected to the ceiling to help staff assist students with reduced mobility.

Classrooms also have large closets for storing student medical equipment, which often cluttered the hallways of the old Rock Creek building.

The new building is also equipped with a therapeutic pool that allows students to access a wheelchair ramp and three hammocks lifts to transport students from the private locker rooms to the pool.

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