Reopening Schools Plan - Supports for Special Populations
Students with disabilities and English learners will be given special consideration to ensure appropriate instruction while complying with federal and state requirements.
Supports for Special Populations
Students with disabilities and English learners will be given special consideration to ensure appropriate instruction while complying with federal and state requirements. Under the continuum of delivery for in-person instruction, students from these special student populations whose families selected in-person instruction are likely to be offered part-time in-person instruction with social distancing in schools before this service is offered to other students. Additionally, students within these special populations may be invited to participate in supplemental teacher-directed specialized instruction on Monday mornings, outside their regular class schedule, either through interactive online instruction or, when safety indicators allow, in-person at the school site.
Students with Disabilities
Special education services for students with disabilities will include increased time for synchronous instruction and explicit expectations for greater consistency. Instructional delivery will be designed to ensure the least restrictive environment (LRE) as required by their IEP. As needed based on IEP goals, this will include in-person specialized instruction. Students will continue to receive access to instructional materials for use at home, as needed, including assistive technology tools. The student support model will be complemented by enhanced professional development for staff and training for caregivers. When necessary, virtual meetings will be used to convene special education procedural meetings, such as local screening committee, reevaluation, eligibility, IEP teams, etc.
English Learners (ELs)
ESOL services for English learners will include a defined minimum time allocation for English language development (ELD) instruction within the student’s schedule, with opportunities for extended instructional time provided to recently arrived ELs, students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE), and ELs identified for interventions. Formative ELD assessments will be created to assist monitoring of student progress in development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Bilingual counseling, social work services, and psychology services will be available to support students’ social-emotional needs and academic advising. Family outreach and education will be provided to support families’ understanding of distance learning models and how to support their children’s learning.