Special Education and Related Service Remote Learning Opportunities During School Closures
UPDATED May 11, 2020: The Governor extended mandated public health closures for all in-person educational operations for public and private elementary and secondary schools through at least June 29, 2020. Unfortunately, this means that APS will not be able to provide any in-person educational services or in-person evaluations during school closures. We understand that the extended public health closures present complex challenges for all families, particularly those families of students with disabilities. During the school closures, federal and state guidance for schools has shifted as the anticipated dates of school re-openings have been extended. In line with state and federal guidance, APS has shifted from initially providing enrichment resources, to providing a mix of direct and student-led instruction in previously learned curriculum to now shifting to focusing on foundational curriculum and skills required for the next grade. The most recent iteration of remote learning continues to aim to include, where appropriate and feasible, remote educator-led direct instruction and feedback. As part of this model, and to extent appropriate, APS continues to provide remote educator-led specialized instruction in line with students’ individualized special education goals and needs.
We understand that this has been and continues to be a monumental undertaking for the entire school community and that nothing can replace the in-person schooling experience. However, APS seeks to ensure students receive meaningful and engaging continuous learning opportunities during school closure and ensure students with disabilities are provided with meaningful opportunities to work on IEP goal areas consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of the school community. During the remainder of the school closure, APS’s special education supports and services will continue to focus on providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities to engage in remote instruction and feedback as well as opportunities for specialized instruction in IEP goal areas. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding in this process.
Students' special education and related service providers have determined how to meet each child’s individualized needs, notified families of specialized remote learning opportunities and continue to collaborate to make adjustments in order to meet student’s needs. For the remainder of the school year, although these are not ideal circumstances, APS encourages continued collaboration regarding making individualized changes, as needed, if students require more or less to have the opportunity to access instruction and to work on IEP goals remotely. Special education staff is happy to connect with you on ideas about ensuring accessible instruction and materials are available to all students. Teachers and providers are also available for check-ins, trouble-shooting technological hurdles and answering questions about educational learning opportunity materials and assignments.
Additionally, please note the following update with regard to IEP meetings and evaluations:
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and collaboration during this unprecedented time for our school community.
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