Distance Learning Plan Supports for Students with Disabilities

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

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Distance Learning Plan Supports for Students with Disabilities 

Message from Assistant Superintendent Teresa Johnson


Instructional Packet Resources and Supports

The Office of Special Education Instruction is collaborating with content-area teams to create accessible resources for students with disabilities. Resources embedded in the general education curriculum enable students with disabilities to participate in activities to simultaneously address their individualized goals, content understandings, and Portrait of a Graduate attributes. 

As one part of the Distance Learning Plan (DLP), weekly instructional packets will be distributed by mail and posted electronically for all students PreK-8 and for high school students accessing an adapted curriculum. The Office of Special Education Instruction will also be providing supplemental learning packets for all students with disabilities accessing the general curriculum in K-8. Students accessing adapted curriculum and early childhood curriculum have specific. Supplemental packets will include resources as follows.

  • Students with Disabilities Accessing the Early Childhood Curriculum:

    • 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:

    • 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:

    • 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

 

Universal Design Principles

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.

  • Flexibility – 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.