As you are aware, RUSD will begin the school year remotely, with students learning from home. While students are not in the buildings, RUSD is still committed to providing special education services that students are entitled to through their IEPs. For the last several weeks, the special education team has been reaching out to families to discuss student needs and implementing a learning plan. Going forward, the team will continue to reach out to families to discuss specific student needs so that all students are ready to start learning on Sept. 1.
We know this year will bring many unknowns with the effects of COVID-19. Teaching and learning will look different, but we are committed to ensuring that all students are getting what they need. All IEPs will be reviewed by the IEP case manager and any additional service providers to ensure that students’ IEPs can be implemented in any learning environment (remote, hybrid or in person).
Below is general information regarding special education services during remote learning.
Remote Learning Services
The majority of special education students will be able to participate in services remotely. This could mean a student meets remotely with his/her special education teacher once a day either in a small group or individually. Special education services will be scheduled around the student’s remote learning schedule. The student’s special education team will coordinate services and will reach out to families in the coming weeks.
We understand that some students have unique disability-related needs that may require a higher level of service. Therefore, in-person special education services will be provided on a limited priority basis.
The health and safety of both students and staff is our top priority. Staff and students will be expected to follow the guidance outlined by the district and recommended by our area health departments. It includes but is not limited to wearing masks (unless exempted by a medical professional), social distancing to the maximum extent possible, frequent hand washing and use of frequent sanitation protocols.
In-person services are limited to students that demonstrate the most significant disability-related needs and the services require a high degree of adult-student physical support. If in-person services are going to be considered, IEP teams must consider the student’s unique disability-related needs, existing services outlined in the IEP and the extent to which services can be provided in a remote learning environment.
If in-person services may need to be considered for a student, their special education team will reach out to the family to schedule an IEP meeting.
If you have questions regarding your child’s IEP or services provided for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact your building principal or your child’s IEP case manager. You may also reach out to the Special Education department at (262) 631-7151 and we can forward your question accordingly.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time. While it will look different, we are committed to ensuring that your child has access to the services they need and deserve. We look forward to seeing our students back to school no matter what the classroom may look like!