Special Education

The district will address the provision of free appropriate public education consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education services.

The district will be providing options for both in-person and remote learning. Resource room and tutorial periods for secondary students will be provided virtually.

Both students and special education teachers/staff will be required to wear a mask at all times and remain at least six feet apart. Student desks will be socially distanced on the perimeter of the classroom for easy access by teacher(s).

Speech therapists will use technology to help with providing visuals to students as well as showing the movement of their mouths for certain sounds. Occupational and physical therapists will be required to wear masks, gloves and gowns when working with students using hands on activities.

Programs and services offered will be documented and provided to students with disabilities, as well as communications with parents via USPS mailings as well as email and phone calls. Lexikeet is a translation service for parents whose primary language is not English. Our special education handbook can be found on the school district’s website.

Collaboration will routinely occur between committees on preschool special education/committees on special education and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on/individualized education programs.

Monthly meetings are held with the special education staff at the elementary and the junior/senior high school.

CSE and CPSE meetings are held regularly for monitoring and communicating student progress. Progress monitoring and IEPs are mailed home to parents.

Many of the necessary accommodations/modifications for students with disabilities can be provided in person and/or remotely. Assistive technology apps have been downloaded to student computers (Snap and Read and Co-Writer) as a remote option for support and learning.

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.