Distance Learning Plan Supports for Students with Disabilities

FCPS has developed a plan for distance learning supports for students with disabilities

Special Education Update

Weekly updates, information, tips and ideas to support families during the school closure.

Special Education (Temporary Learning Plans, IEP Meetings, Eligibility Meetings)

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s order to close schools have forced an unprecedented situation on all of us. During these uncertain times, many parents have questions about how school closure will impact students who receive special education services.

Temporary Learning Plans

Our special education case managers have been instructed to proceed with contacting parents to discuss a Temporary Learning Plan or “TLP.”  The special education teachers will discuss with parents their ability to utilize virtual means and/or instructional packets for educational activities in the home as well as the specific needs your child has in the distance learning environment due to his or her disability. Selected and modified IEP goals and services will be offered that is individualized for students in the present situation.

Annual IEP Meetings

Special education staff will also be scheduling and holding Annual IEP meetings for those that are due in the next eight weeks.  The IEP meetings will be held via phone or Blackboard Collaborate (a video conferencing option) in which IEP Team members can participate.

Eligibility Meetings
We will continue holding Eligibility meetings, again using telephone conferencing, Google Meet or Blackboard Collaborate.  However, due to the health and safety of our students and staff, in-person evaluations will not be conducted.  An extension of the 65 day timeline will be discussed and requested for any student who was in the evaluation process at the time of the shutdown.

Distance Learning Plan Supports for Students with Disabilities 

Distance learning will include a mix of activities completed online and off the computer. Some students will need the support of a caregiver to complete the activities provided each week. When developing activities, teachers are encouraged to keep in mind some of the following principles of universal design for learning that will allow for greater access by all students: 

  • Adaptable – Activities accommodate a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. 
  • Simple and Intuitive – Activities are easy to understand. 
  • Flexible – Activities provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge.

Information on strategies to make learning activities accessible, including available technology tools, will be made available in supplemental learning packets mailed to families of students with disabilities and posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning. Questions regarding provision of available accommodations during school closure should be directed to the student’s case manager or 504 School-Based Coordinator. 

FCPS is providing weekly instructional packets that will be distributed by mail and posted electronically for all students, PreK through grade 8, as one part of the Distance Learning Plan. This includes students accessing adapted curriculum and early childhood curriculum. The Office of Special Education Instruction will also be providing supplemental learning packets for all students with disabilities accessing the general curriculum. Packets for students with disabilities are as follows. 

  • Students with Disabilities Accessing the Early Childhood Curriculum (Weekly, PreK) 
    Instructional activities for children ages 2-5 that increase in skill levels and move children toward stronger understanding and greater independence in the learning process. Activities for students to practice and apply skills while supporting their need for engagement, critical thinking, and movement. 
  • Students with Disabilities Accessing an Adapted Curriculum (Weekly, K-12)
    Instructional activities for students in kindergarten through grade twelve will include math, reading, movement, and science/social studies activities, along with other important work and home skills. All activities have communication skills embedded within the activity to assist students with learning how to communicate in a variety of settings.
  • Students with Disabilities Accessing the General Curriculum (Two Supplemental Resource Packets, K-8) 
    Strategies to support learning for all students, including quick tips for reinforcement, routines, and social skills Instructional strategies to support reading, writing, and math activities. Students with disabilities accessing the general curriculum in grades K through 8 will receive this packet in addition to a packet containing general education activities.

Electronic versions of the packets will also be available for families to access on FCPS 24-7 Learning. New instructional packets will be developed and distributed weekly through the end of the scheduled school year.

Translations of the Confidentiality Notice: 
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Where to Go with Questions

As we embark on distance learning, students and caregivers will have questions and issues that arise that they have not experienced before. The table below provides some of the most common types of issues or questions that may be anticipated and indicates who to contact for help. Email is the best way to reach staff during distance learning.

For questions about Contact
Specific course, assignment, or learning resource Teacher
Supports or accommodations Special education case manager or 504 School Based Coordinator
Supports or accommodations for English learners ESOL teacher
Problem with an FCPS-issued laptop Teacher will submit support ticket for student
Personal or social emotional concern School Psychologist or School Social Worker
Other issue related to distance learning Principal or assistant principal
Help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman (ombudsman@fcps.edu)

Roles and Responsibilities

Find out the roles and responsibilities for school personnel within each level of instructional programming for students with disabilities.
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