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Student Support Services for Students

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Students with disabilities will continue to receive instructional minutes and services as provided for in the individualized education plan. However, the delivery of these services may look different in the case of extended school closures.
 
Special educators will partner with their general education teachers to support the delivery of instruction. Special educators may:
  • Work one-on-one with students via Zoom or other platforms for specific skill development or to assist in supporting work assigned through general education
  • Co-teach classes with regular educators
  • Creating videos for students and parents regarding specific skills, walking them through how to do certain tasks
  • Flexibly grouping students, depending on parent schedules, and working with more than one student at a time on goals and objectives much like a normal school day 
  • Work with parents to develop service delivery for our students with intensive needs which can be either in a direct instruction video platform or through videos parents can also utilize to support their student’s needs
  • Touch base with parents offering assistance where they can and as much as possible 
  • Use secure online platforms to deliver speech, counseling, and adaptive services
  • Ensure all adaptive resources meet accessibility requirements
  • Meet IEP deadlines and evaluation dates or request extensions in order to meet all federal guidelines
  • Work directly with parents on all types of service delivery, which in some cases (OT and PT, for instance) may be in-person
 
Intensive Resource Room teachers will be working with parents and students to develop individualized service delivery. The specialized delivery will be either in a direct instruction video platform or through videos, and parents can also watch at their convenience. Teachers will be touching base with parents offering assistance as possible as well as support staff. Parents who need additional support will have the opportunity to brainstorm with the team related to areas of home instructional delivery or other health and educational needs as necessary.
 
District specialists such as Special Education Nurses, Counselors, Occupational, and Speech Therapists will contact families to deliver speech, counseling, and adaptive services through the use of a secure Thera-Platform process. Adaptive PE folks are actively working on videos, one on one activities to be done with the student via Zoom, and lots of other resources for our students and parents. Counseling, speech, and OT services need to do one on one and can start as soon as you can get times scheduled with parents. Some group work will take place, as per school year design, with one on one sessions also scheduled as per parent schedules dictate. We will also be posting many videos and other in-home support for parents and students during this time frame.
 
Case managers and School Psychologists continue to work on existing IEP's with deadlines and evaluation dates being handled within federal guidelines. Staff will be arranging meetings and working to ensure that testing deadlines are met. The sessions will be done through Zoom or phone conferences. If testing was not completed before spring break, that work might be done through video conferencing or the use of a records review from previous data measures. Every student will continue to receive necessary services during the distance learning process to the extent possible with this type of instructional model.
 
Paraprofessionals continue to support the instructional grades and students assigned within the normal school year. The specific roles of the paraprofessional include:
 
  • Assist teachers through established protocols to provide support to students in a variety of ways
  • Work with classroom teachers to determine opportunities for support
  • Take notes during video/online learning to send to students
  • Communicate to students and families in conjunction with the classroom teacher
  • Read aloud to or with students
  • Support student writing or other activities in real-time
  • Complete other activities and tasks as appropriate
 
English language learner teachers will continue to provide services to students by
  • Offering a resource page for students and parents
  • Providing instruction and learning resources for students in learning English
  • Working with parents to support learning at home and in using provided resources
  • Providing times to be available to students and families for support and instruction
  • Providing instruction remotely in the content area in English when applicable and appropriate
  • Managing paraprofessional support if applicable
 
Gifted and talented teachers will continue to do the following:
  • Provide resources to students, teachers, and parents about extended learning opportunities
  • Support classroom teachers in instructional strategies
  • Compile extended resources and lessons aligned to the guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Make contact with students and parents to provide guidance and support
 
Title I teachers are actively working with the general education staff to ensure that continued service delivery is in place. The work includes:
  • Connecting and reaching out to students previously worked with on specific skill attainment
  • Progress monitoring for students
  • Support for the American Reading Company curriculum for students and families
  • One on one and group instructional times to support skill attainment
  • Continued support for parents and students in any reading content area
 
Students on 504 Plans will continue to receive identified services as per distance learning plan dictates. Parents and students will have contact made by building level counselors, Student Support Services staff, and the identified school district coordinator. Supports and services will be delivered to the extent possible during this time frame.
 
School counselors will continue to provide services to students whether they are learning from home or in the instance of school closure. These support services may include
  • Providing counseling sessions in a one-on-one format
  • Serve on the team to support students who are absent/not participating
  • Lead small groups for study sessions, tutorials, or personal support
  • Work with administrators to communicate with families about attendance/participation concerns
  • Support students in being successful learners in a remote environment.
  • Provide virtual check ins
  • Promote connections and interactions and reduce potential feelings of isolation
 
McKinney-Vento Homeless students will continue to receive services as per program plan. Meals are provided through the Nutrition Services department with information below related to home delivery or school pick up. School level counselors and the identified school district liaison will be in contact with all identified families to discuss barriers to education services and to determine needs. Services will be provided as per individual family and student needs including ensuring access to online material, device check out, delivery of educational materials, and any other area covered under the McKinney-Vento program.