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Specialized Instruction

How will school be different in the fall for special needs students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
School safety protocols including the use of masks and social distancing will be different for our special-needs students, however, for the most part, school will be similar to what it was prior to the closure.
How will special education be administered in the virtual or hybrid model?
Special education services will be delivered in person unless the school closes and moves to virtual learning.
Since the IEPs written last spring envisioned students back in a traditional model in the fall, how will THE DISTRICT apply them?
The district will provide services as noted on the student’s IEPs unless the district must move to a virtual learning format. In that event, services will continue to be provided via agreed upon protocols by the district.
How is the district dealing with students who are in the process of being evaluated for special ed services?
Arrangements are being made to invite some students into the school over the summer to completeportions of the testing that was put on hold in the spring due to the closure.
How will the district conduct IEP meetings and 504 meetings in this upcoming school year?
The district will continue to hold meetings by phone or video, when having them in person is not possible.

In either model, how will the district accommodate students on IEPs that cannot learn well in a virtual environment?

The district will work to find ways that meet the needs of those students such as providing them with hard copies of work and providing support to them via the phone or in more individualized video conferencing.In the event the district moves to a virtual learning environment, we will make every attempt to provide opportunities for students to access and submit information in a way that promotes success.
Will there be additional options for special education students that need to be at school fulltime in order to learn?
The current plan will allow all PK-6 special education students to be in school full-time, while the 7-12 special education students who need more support.
How will you support students with disabilities so they can access and complete instructional material in the virtual environment?
The students will be provided with devices in the event of a closure. Special education teachers will collaborate with the general education teachers to continue to provide support as they would in school, and special educators will offer office hours to provide more individualized help.
How will the district deliver related services virtually?
The related service providers will provide services in a video conferencing format (Zoom) and/or via telephone conferences.
How can special needs students be kept safe in the classroom?
Students will be socially distanced-6 feet apart in the classroom. They will also wear masks when they are out of their seats, and/or travelling in the hallways or entering/exiting the building. Students will also wash their hands hourly.
How will students that need direct interaction with teachers be instructed in either model?
Our district values the interactions between students and teachers and will continue to provide opportunities for both in person and virtual meetings.
If ahybrid model of instruction is selected, how can the district meet the needs of students with physical or emotional disabilities plus those with chronic health issues and ensure they feel, and are, safe in school buildings?
The nature of students with special needs is that they require individualized supports. We will work with each family to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations while in the school building.
Will students be required to get documents from a medical provider to be exempt from wearing PPE?
Yes.