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Distance Learning Resources for Parents

Do you have questions about Distance Learning and SPecial education?

Updated 11/2/2020:

My child requires in - person services, not through distance learning.  How will the district provide that?

  • As long as our school board has adopted a distance learning policy, we will not be offering any in-person services.  This is for the safety of our staff and our community.  We cannot override the decision of the Board of Education.  When they make a different decision, we will be ready to offer services in different ways but not before then.  Meanwhile, we must all work together to help our students prosper, stay safe, and  learn as much as they can

My child didn't learn anything last year during distance learning, how is he going to learn anything now and what is the school district going to do to make up for his learning loss?

  • All students experienced some learning loss last year due to the need for distance learning and so all of our teachers will be taking that into account as they plan their instruction for this year.  
  • Your student's IEP can always be adjusted to focus on new goals if that is needed due to excessive learning loss and an IEP meeting would be the place to discuss this further.  Your IEP team can consider what would allow your student to make the fastest progress

How can I support the school with what they are doing to make sure my student is successful?

  • Communicate with your child's teacher so you understand how distance learning is going to work and you can act consistently with the teacher
    • There will be some time each day when your child will need to be participating in a live class with his or her teacher
    • There will also be work your child is expected to complete away from the teacher
    • This will be the same thing with speech services
    • Ask questions when something isn't clear and say something if you need something

When will we be resuming IEP meetings?

  • Our hardworking special education case managers have been scheduling and holding IEP meetings every day.  Since we were forced to suspend some meetings last year, there are many IEP meetings to be conducted so please be patient as we schedule them.  Please keep in mind that all of your child's IEP team members have a lot of things to do with planning and providing distance learning and so they will be having meetings as quickly as they can.  Please be patient

Will we be having in person IEP meetings or via teleconference?

  • As long as our school board has directed us to offer distance learning services, we will be having IEP meetings via teleconference 

Will it be safe to return to school when we are allowed to do so?

  • The answer to this is an unequivocal "yes".  Our district is taking sanitization and safety very seriously and there will be detailed protocols in place that will allow us to do everything possible to keep everyone safe

When will we return to school?

  • Right now we are planning to return in a hybrid (online/in-person learning) model and we hope to do that as soon as possible.  Please consider attending our Zoom Board meetings to keep up with the latest on this topic.