Has a climate survey been given to the student population to determine that their social and emotional needs are in fact not being met as it has been brought up as a primary reason to bring the kids back?
There are many reasons why it’s important for our students to return as soon as we feel it’s safe for them to do so, including to better meet their academic and social/emotional needs. We surveyed 6-12th grade students at the same time we surveyed parents/caregivers and staff.
When will I hear from my case manager? Can we keep the same case manager?
Students identified as having a disability under IDEA will be provided with the necessary accommodations and modifications to ensure they can access a Free and Appropriate PublicCase managers will be contacting families after Aug. 12, when they return to work. We expect case managers to make contact with all families as soon as possible and prior to first day of school. Whenever possible, students with IEP's will have the same case manager. If students are not able to maintain the same case manager, we will work to ensure continuity in the transition.
How will we receive special education services?
Students identified as having a disability under IDEA will be provided with the necessary accommodations and modifications to ensure they can access a Free and Appropriate PublicCaseServices will be supplied virtually using Canvas. They will be outlined in a Distance Learning Plan that will include live virtual lessons, activities and proposed schedules, based on your student’s IEP and written by the case manager and IEP team. Please refer to:https://www.ssdmo.org/Page/783
How will students with special needs, IEPs and 504s receive support?
Students identified as having a disability under IDEA will be provided with the necessary accommodations and modifications to ensure they can access a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), regardless of the manner in which the education is being delivered. Special education services, including social-emotional supports, included in a student’s IEP will be provided to the maximum extent possible.
Students identified as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will be provided with the necessary accommodations and supports to ensure they have equal opportunity to access and benefit from public education services, regardless of the manner in which the education is being delivered. For many students, the 504 plan can be implemented as written in a virtual environment. Adaptations to the 504 plan accommodations/supports will be done as needed when a 504 team member (teacher, parent, student, etc.) alerts the 504 case manager to concerns with the student's disability symptoms impacting their ability to access and/or benefit from the public education offerings.
Will students be able to receive speech and language therapy virtually this year? Will they have the opportunity to receive therapy in person?
We are in the process of developing provisions for in-person instruction and services. As we are finalizing schedules, we are considering what those in-person supports will look like.
How will children get referrals to special education or special education help if they are in the Virtual Program?
The Special School District staff will be working with us, no matter what learning format a family chooses.
If my child's needs keep him/her from participating virtually, what options will you provide now and for reintegration?
Special education services will be scheduled and outlined via the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) and based on the student's IEP. For students who are unable to participate virtually, we an provide options in the distance learning planning process. For example, we can have students not participating live, but accessing lessons via video. We have also provided students with physical materials to access their learning. All outlined via the DLP coupled with high levels of communication.
Is there any way to get Special School District services or referrals if we are not enrolled here?
For parents/families who suspect their child may have a disability, but the student is not enrolled in WGSD and is a St. Louis County resident, contact SSD's Intake and Student Records Department: Deidre Deutch, 314-989-8304, email@example.com.
English Language Learner (ELL) Services
Will new literature be distributed to English Language Learners (ELL) on a regular basis?
Our ELL teacher does a great job with individualized instruction and will provide students with any materials and resources they need.