Like most of us during these unprecedented times trying new things can be anxiety provoking. I had my first successful virtual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting this morning, the district provided a draft in advance, I had my clients do parent concerns, and the meeting lasted an hour. It was very organized and efficient. The district also stated the family should expect to receive the IEP within ten days. If you decide you want to try to have a meeting now and your child’s was supposed to have a meeting during the shutdown contact your child’s Liaison and request an online team meeting.
Schools need to start providing instruction as soon as possible.
School districts are now being told that they have to provide as many IEP services as possible to your childs during the COVID-19 crisis whileprotecting the health and safety of families and teachers schools may not be able to provide the services and here’s what they have to do right away.
Materials and presentations need to be modified
Parents should be keeping a diary of what is going on, what types of levels of instruction is being provided, and document any types of regression that they are seeing based on data. Extended School Year (ESY) Are services going to get pushed over until the Summer? Compensatory services will be discussed once school is back. As parents please document what services if any are being provided, what your child is doing for work, and what services that are in your child’s IEP that are not being addressed.
Communicate with your child’s Team if you can’t get online with your child now.
If parents are unable to access online instruction they should be letting the school know the reasons why in writing to document why they can’t access the instruction right now. (Taking care of an elderly parent, someone is sick in the home) You just want to make sure the school knows the fact you child won’t be able to access online learning if that is the case.
Please reach out to us at (781) 428-4970 or check for updates on our Facebook site advocacyforspecialkids@asktheadvocate You can contact your parent advisory councils, Mass Advocates for Children http://massadvocates.orgor the Federation for Children with Special Needs http://fcsn.org
Maureen Brown, M.S