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Special Education

Dear LLESD Parents/Guardians of Students in Special Education,

 

I hope you and your family are well.  

By now you have received multiple notifications from Superintendent Polito and your school Principals concerning all things COVID-19.  You are also aware that we have transitioned to Distance Learning. I am writing today to update you on the status of your child's special education program as best it can be understood at this point in time.

I am certain that all of you have concerns about the implementation of your child's individualized program. Please be assured that our special education team is working extremely hard to put mechanisms in place so they can support your student during this extraordinary time. Some of these supports include: 1:1 and group review, direct virtual instruction (Google Meeting and Google Classroom, etc.) telephone consultation, physical packets, modification of the general education curriculum, the use of online curriculum, organizers, study guides, and specialized assistance with organizing and prioritizing items and assignments. All members of the special education team are holding office hours. You should have received information about this from every teacher and service provider on your child's IEP team. We urge you to set up regular times to meet via telephone or virtually with each service provider several times each week. All service providers will work with you to develop the best methods for communication to provide the most effective access for your child. If there is content that your student is struggling with please let your student's case manager know and they will work to find alternate assignments and ways for them to learn, complete assignments, and demonstrate knowledge.
 

At the present time, IEP service minutes cannot be fully met as school is closed and we are sheltering at home. However, we are working hard and taking direction from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the United States Department of Education as it becomes available. It is our intent to provide a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) to all of our students with an IEP as best we are able given the significant actions that have been taken to protect the health and safety of all. While we understand that there is no replacement for face-to-face instruction, we are working to provide meaningful, individualized, academic instruction and related services to each of our students.

As we assess the various models for effectively serving students with an IEP remotely and receive further input from the authorities and other practitioners, it is possible that plans will be adjusted.

Please note that we have received some direction regarding special education timelines and compliance.  The CDE has waived timelines for assessments, evaluations and IEP meetings.  This is because school IEP teams do not have direct access to assess students nor do they have the ability to measure progress during the time we are closed.  

IEP case managers and school psychologists will be in touch with you as soon as we know when the closure will end to reschedule IEP meetings and assessments.  

Please know that I will be sending regular updates and sharing important information as I receive it.  

Tomorrow, I will send you a copy of your procedural safeguards so you are aware of your rights as a parent. 

 We are so grateful for your patience and support as we work our way through this uncharted territory. Please do not hesitate to contact your student's case manager or me with any questions or concerns you may have.   

I am thinking of all of you and wishing you the best.

Kind regards,

Robin

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Robin Spindler

Director of Student Services

Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Ph-650-854-1215