Reopening Plan: Special Education

Students with disabilities will be provided free and appropriate public education and access to high quality general education and special education programs and services. These will be provided in-person, remotely and/or through a hybrid model in conjunction with the state and district health and safety guidelines as outlined in this plan.

Students with disabilities will receive special education programs and services in accordance with their Individual Education Plan and any compensatory services that may be required as determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

Students in self-contained programs will be prioritized for in-person instruction, with teachers utilizing social distancing and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when close contact with students is necessary.

General education and special education teachers will use a consistent platform (Seesaw K-2/Google Classroom 3-12) when in a virtual or in-person/hybrid model for easy access to all materials as well as for modifications to instructional content as needed.

Related services will be provided to students in accordance with the frequency and duration listed on the IEP. This may include a combination of in-person, hybrid, or virtual services depending on health and safety guidelines and the individual needs of the student. Services will be documented by attendance sheets and IEP notes whether in person, hybrid or virtual.

The district will communicate with parents via letters, email, progress notes and phone calls to indicate services being provided and progress related to IEP goals and objectives. Communication will be in the parent’s preferred language. Translator services will be used as needed.

All paperwork necessary for the IEP processes (evaluations, consents, annual reviews, etc) will be processed through the special education office maintaining state and federal timelines.

Department meetings will be set up to ensure services are being delivered as indicated on the IEP and any barriers are addressed.  Department meetings will allow for collaboration among service providers and a sharing of ideas and resources.

CSE/CPSE Chairperson will be in contact with all out of district providers to ensure compliance with IEP implementation whether in person, hybrid or virtual services.

Progress monitoring will continue to occur in person, hybrid or virtual model and progress notes will be emailed or mailed (preference determined by the parent) home at the times indicated on the IEP.

Case managers will ensure that all accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services and technology are provided to students in accordance with the student’s IEP whether we are in person, hybrid or virtual.

If a specific accommodation, modification, supplementary aid and service and/or technology is not needed due to the format of instruction, the family will be notified.  For example if we are in a virtual setting, an accommodation such as preferential seating would not be needed.

For information about meaningful parent engagement regarding the provision of services to a child to meet the requirements of the IDEA, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.