September 3, 2020
Implementing IEPs for Face to Face and Virtual Classroom Learning
Our Special Education Staff have been working to ensure that specially designed instruction and services are scheduled appropriately to address the needs of our students who have special needs. Some changes may be necessary to schedules as we settle into the school year and respond to the impact the face to face and virtual classroom instruction models have on the scheduling and provision of those services. Your grace and patience is greatly appreciated as we work with our parents as partners with these decisions.
The Sycamore Community School District recognizes that in order to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to our students with disabilities, district teams need to develop and design individualized education programs (IEPs) as though school was in session and under normal health conditions. For those IEPs that are not able to be implemented as written, IEP teams will need to develop COVID-19 IEP Implementation Plans. These plans will describe the manner in which a student’s IEP will be implemented, within the context of two learning models (Face-to-Face, Virtual Classroom) the district has offered to all students. These plans will also be used to describe any differences in the delivery of IEP services as school districts move from one learning model to another based upon current health data.
- COVID-19 IEP Implementation Plans - Overview
Addressing COVID-19 Special Education Service Interruptions: Recovery Services
Information regarding the potential need for recovery services can be found in the following document: Sycamore COVID-19 Recovery Services.
July 28, 2020
Please see document linked below for some general information regarding special education services to students with IEPs. This information may be helpful to review as parents consider the option of face-to-face or virutal classroom instruction.
Starting the 2020-2021 School Year: Special Education General Information for Parents
March 2020: COVID-19 Updates
Sycamore continues to prioritize serving our students with disabilities to the greatest extent possible during the ordered school closure period. In following guidance from both the US Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education, our staff will collaborate with parents of students with disabilities to determine what services can be provided remotely through the development of Distance Learning Plans. Our teams will move forward providing a good faith effort to identify services that are reasonable and practical given the circumstances we are all dealing with at this time. These services will look much different than they would if schools were in session, as will the monitoring of progress. Your understanding and collaborative spirit are so helpful and very much appreciated!
Once school resumes, IEP teams will convene and determine what impact the ordered school closure period had on student progress related to targeted skills, and will discuss how best to address that impact. Further guidance from the US Department of Education is anticipated regarding this process. Continued updates will be provided to parents via district communications.
Ohio Department of Education Updates
Summer 2020 Activities - Updated
Sycamore Community Schools is committed to the success of each child. The Special Education Department is committed to ensuring that each child leaves school each day feeling successful. We do this by providing individualized supports, a continuum of service delivery options, facilitating academic and social development and maintaining dignity and respect for each student.
A collaborative effort is required between parents, support staff, and regular educators in order to facilitate the independence and success of each student.
Sycamore Community Schools’ Special Education Department offers a continuum of services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. We promote inclusion by providing these services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) which means to the greatest extent possible, appropriate services are provided in the general education environment.
Sycamore Community Schools utilizes a Response to Intervention (RtI) model to identify the strengths and needs of struggling learners. The RtI model focuses on collaboration between the core members of the student’s team including parents. This student-focused process analyzes data relative to identified issues of concern, sets individual goals, brainstorms options for intervention, develops an action plan and gathers data to determine the effectiveness of the interventions provided.
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