Dear Special Education Parents & Guardians,
The safety of our students and staff is our priority. With the decision to move learning into a virtual format, we recognize the disruption it causes for all students and families - including those with disabilities. The Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is currently developing guidance around supporting students with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak in a flexible and virtual manner that honors the social distancing recommendations from the CDC. While learning is moved to an online format due to COVID-19, every effort will be made to support students with disabilities access their learning.
Special education staff are collaborating with classroom teachers to develop, design and provide virtual learning experiences that meet the needs of all students. Special education and student service staff will be available for consultation with students, staff, and families through email, video conferences and/or phone calls. Staff will be reaching out to families and students to discuss the logistics of these services.
Depending on the student’s disability-related needs, we recognize not all students will be able to access their learning online and staff are collaborating to develop alternative learning opportunities for these students. After an extended closure, the district will review how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). We will provide updates and resources in an effort to help families reduce the risk in their home and community on our webpage.
Charles Wiza, PhD
Director of Student Services
P:262-968-6300 ext. 5341