Special Education

  1. Our district reopening plan, whether services are provided in-person, remote, and/or through a hybrid model, addresses the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education services.
  2. Our most vulnerable students, in small self contained special education classrooms of 8:1:1 and 12:1:1, will return to school four days a week, Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday.
  3. For our students in placements outside of SGI, they will follow the schedule of the building(s) that they attend. More details will be forthcoming as we get them.
  4. The Special Education staff will document the programs and services offered and provided to students with disabilities as well as communications with families. Those communications will be provided in the parent’s preferred language or mode of communication to meet the requirements of the IDEA.
  5. Our committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served will continue to meet as according to IEP dates and as needed.
  6. The district will continue the commitment to locating, evaluating and identifying students with disabilities who are in need of special education and/or related services despite the challenges of school closures. When conducting initial evaluations, SGI will identify evaluations components that may be performed remotely, while ensuring components of in-person evaluations are conducted thoroughly and safely.
  7. Communications with our families will provide clear information for an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on IEPs, plans for monitoring and communicating student progress, and commitment to sharing resources. Our responsibilities to follow the procedures and laws of the IDEA remain an integral part of our school programs.
  8. The district will continue to conduct virtual or phone meetings until such time the health and safety of all parties can be ensured. The district will work with parents to establish a mutually agreeable timeline with those who wish to meet face-to face.
  9. We will ensure access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability related needs of students.
  10. All students with a disability are assigned a case manager who will reach out to families at the beginning of the school year.
  11. The need for recovery services will be determined collaboratively by the students’ team of service providers, family. Information used may include:
    • a. Continuity of Learning Plans
    • b. IEP goal progression
    • c. Data from the Spring closure
    • d. Benchmark assessments.
  12. Recovery Services may include:
    • a. Specially designed instruction
    • b. Program modifications
    • c. Assistive technology
    • d. Therapy sessions
    • e. Tutoring
  13. The district will continue the commitment to locating, evaluating and identifying students with disabilities who are in need of special education and/or related services despite the challenges of school closures. When conducting initial evaluations, SGI will identify evaluation components that may be performed remotely, while ensuring components of in-person evaluations are conducted thoroughly and safely.