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Letter for Parents of Students with Special Needs

30 March, 2020

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this difficult and challenging time. 

Teachers will begin to provide instruction on new curricular topics starting the week of April 6.  When this occurs, our teachers will address your child’s special needs in a manner that is individualized and maximizes learning given the constraints of this situation.

You will receive contact from your child’s case manager sometime before April 20.  The case manager will explain the plan for services and supports that will be provided to your child during an extended closure.  Details of the plan will not be reflected in the IEP; rather, the changes will be documented in a PWN/NOREP (Prior Written Notice/Notice of Recommended Educational Placement). 

It is important to understand that the type and level of service that is feasible during this crisis may be different than that available during a traditional school day.  We will continue to provide your child a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), but we ask for your understanding relative to the limitations that we face during this emergency.  What is appropriate during this crisis may be different than what was appropriate before the closure.

Further, some students have needs that will be very difficult to meet during the closure and due to restrictions on travel.  Particularly for students with Multiple Disabilities and students who receive hands on, one-to-one care, the limitations of an online environment may be too prohibitive for effective educational services to take place.  In these cases, an IEP meeting will be prioritized as soon as school reopens.  During that IEP meeting, we will discuss options that exist for the district to offer the services that were not delivered during the closure. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s special education teacher, building principal, or Dr. Daniel Berra, director of pupil services.

Thank you for your understanding, support, and patience as we work collaboratively to address this challenge.  Be well!  

Sincerely,

Daniel Berra, Ed.D.

Director of Pupil Services