Planning & Implementation

Planning & Implementation
Posted on 03/25/2020
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Recognizing that students with disabilities are general education students first, our staff is working closely with Curriculum and Instruction teams to assist with accommodations and access to the continued learning opportunities.  Grades 6-12 have been working in Google Classroom. The district is planning to bring grades 4-5 on line in Phase 2 starting next week. Staff working with younger grades or students who require print materials are preparing packets to be mailed this week for Phase 2. Many staff members have been conducting virtual lessons using Google Classroom or Zoom for instruction and related services to the extent available.

Our special education plan for Phase 2 is to have each child's special education case manager contact each family directly to assist in the implementation of the individualized learning plans. This is a continuation of our Phase 1 implementation plan. The direct contact has been by phone, email or video platform. Special Education teachers and related service providers have been encouraged to use Google Classroom Meet or Zoom to the extent possible because the face to face contact is essential - both for the social -emotional connection and to monitor the real time response to instruction when students may have limited ability to work independently.  The individual specialized schedules developed in Phase 1 will continue in Phase 2.  Individualized packets will be sent to homes for children in grades K-3. On line resources and digital learning plans will be available for students in grades 4-12.

We are working through the complications of using zoom (or other real time video platforms) and expect to have a passive consent up on the website tomorrow prepared by our attorney. As we look towards longer term planning, I will be encouraging our staff to use all methods available to the greatest extent possible, not withstanding some initial concerns about the real time video platforms. This is a learning experience for all of us. 

The Special Education leadership team meets daily via a zoom conference call. We are focusing on the Phase 2 rollout for next week and problem solving issues that may be brought to our attention from staff or parents. Please let us know if you hear a concern and encourage parents to contact us if they need assistance.

Based upon my conference calls with the national CASE Policy Committee and the call with SDE on Friday March 20, we are in a good position than in terms of our planning given our early decision to implement distance learning plans for all students. Week by week we will get better at new skills required for a new educational environment. 

We will continue to schedule PPTs after Wednesday 3/25/20 to allow staff to focus on instructional planning for Phase 2 on Monday and Tuesday. We had conflicting messages about conducting PPTs during school closures. A clarifying memo went out to Principals last evening advising them that to the extent that documentation is available and parents have not asked for postponements, we will continue to conduct PPTs either telephonically or by video conference. I will be providing guidance to staff in the coming week specific to this area of special education.


Yvette Goorevitch

Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services