March 30, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well during this unprecedented time in our community, nation, and world.
While the closure of schools until after spring break was understandable for the health and safety of our students and community, it presents increased challenges for our students with disabilities. To ensure that our students have an equitable opportunity to keep up with the work and content provided during our remote learning, the District is recommending the provision of more direct special education services beginning on Thursday, April 2.
Teachers and related service providers should create a schedule to virtually meet with students for synchronous sessions (via the platform of his/her choosing) to provide both programs and related services to your child, and in some cases, provide consultations to you. Each teacher or provider will contact you to share the schedule and method of his/her service.
While IEP mandates cannot be fully met during this state of emergency, the implementation of regular services will allow teachers and service providers to more directly address IEP goals, offer instructional strategies, and differentiate the work presented, allowing our students a better opportunity for success.
In order to provide services to your child remotely, teachers and service providers may use online, video platforms and may have groups of students meeting synchronously with the teacher or provider. In these cases, the confidentiality of your child’s status as a student with a disability may not be maintained as parents or other family members may see who is participating in that special education support in addition to your child.
If you wish to have your child participate in online, video supports with our staff and students, please email your child’s teacher or provider to indicate that you GIVE CONSENT for your child to participate in these sessions.
If emailed consent is not received from you by April 1, your child will not be permitted to participate in video sessions arranged by his/her teacher(s) and/or service provider(s) until such consent is received.
Thank you for your patience and support as we work together to provide your children with the best possible education during this extraordinary time. It is my hope that we will be back in school, healthy and ready to move forward in the near future.
Ms. Laura M. Peterson
Executive Director for Special Education Services