What does preschool look like this year?
The preschool programs (Developmental Preschool, Early Learning Center and ECEAP)
will be changing from four half days per week to two full days per week. This is for health and safety reasons, i.e. allowing for cleaning at the end of the day, minimizing bus rides, etc. The time in the program will remain the same for all students. The service times will remain the same, including specialists i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.
If the whole school or district at any point in time goes to remote learning again, will in person learning be prioritized for students with disabilities in which remote learning did not work well for them?
If the parent of a child with an IEP chooses the remote learning option, will distance learning plans be added to their IEP?
What are recovery services and how will the district provide recovery services for students?
If the student experienced gaps in special education services because of health and safety limitations posed by COVID-19, recovery services are intended to address those gaps and enable the student to make progress on IEP goals. Recovery services are not the same as extended school year services or compensatory education.
This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Recovery services are currently built into the secondary schedule (alternating Fridays via virtual online platforms). Recovery services at the elementary level, may need to occur on a more independent schedule outside of the regular school day.
Do services for special education students need to be all or nothing?
If the student is enrolled in the Mead School District full time - regardless of whether the student is receiving in-person or remote instruction - the District will provide the student with the services he or she is entitled to based on the student’s evaluation and IEP.
If a parent home schools his or her child and enrolls the child part time in the District, the student can access their choice of services offered by the District. Parents can choose to access any services the student is eligible during the time of this pandemic, according to each student's IEP.
If schools are forced back into distance learning, how will IEPs and evaluations be completed?
How will student’s IEPs be updated? Will they be in person or over Zoom?
Will DLC students still be able to integrate into the general education classroom throughout the day?
Will students on IEPs receive specially designed instruction from a special education teacher to work toward IEP goals in the remote learning model?
Will students be able to access their various therapies such as Speech, PT & OT in the current remote learning model? If so, how will it be done? Can these services still be provided in person?
Progress monitoring is a major part of students with IEP’s – how will that be achieved in the remote learning model?
When the special education staff (education specialists, school psychologists, special education teachers and case managers) return in September, they will reach out to families to work through logistics and questions for individual students, IEPs and evaluations. If you have further questions, please contact Suzanne McKibbon or KellieJo Timberlake at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org