How will CCUSD support special education students during Fall 2020?
Does SB98 have requirements for Individualized Education Program (IEPs)?
What does SB-98 require for all students?
The school day has new required instructional minutes as follows:
- Kindergarten - 3 Hours (180 minutes)
- 1st - 3rd grade - 3 hours 50 min (230 minutes)
- 4th - 12th grade - 4 hours (240 minutes)
Each student must have a daily live interaction with a teacher (via Zoom, Google Meets, or telephone). School staff must take attendance and document daily student participation.
What is Senate Bill 98 (SB-98)?
What is an Emergency Learning Plan?
SB-98 defines an Emergency Learning Plan as a description of the services in an IEP to be provided under “emergency conditions” in which instruction cannot be delivered in-person for more than 10 school days.
As of June 29, 2020, Emergency Learning Plans must be developed at initial IEPs, or at the next regularly scheduled revision of the IEP.
What has to be included in the Emergency Learning Plan (ELP)?
- Emergency Learning Plans must include a description of how: Special education and related services; Supplementary aids and services; Transition services; and Extended school year services will be provided under “emergency conditions.”
- The Emergency Learning Plan should include synchronous (live via Zoom, Google Meets, or telephone ) and asynchronous (video models, packets, google classroom) instruction and related services.
- Because CCUSD is starting the 2020-21 school year with Distance Learning under emergency conditions, Case Managers in collaboration with families will develop Emergency Learning Plans immediately.
Is my Distance Learning Plan from Spring 2020 the same as the new Emergency Learning Plan?
During Distance Learning, will students be mainstreamed/included into general education classes?
- Yes, Emergency Learning Plans should be designed to provide students with disabilities comparable opportunities for mainstreaming as when instruction is in-person‒most importantly, for live synchronous instruction.
- In order to ensure mainstreaming occurs, case managers and general education teachers will coordinate schedules in order to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to interact with typically developing peers.
What is a Prior Written Notice (PWN)?
A Prior Written Notice is a document that provides notice to parents in their native language when a district:
- 1) is proposing or refusing;
- 2) to initiate or change; and
- 3) the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child
Why is a Prior Written Notice (PWN) necessary for the Emergency Learning Plan?
Will my child's service minutes be reduced in the Emergency Learning Plan?
Your childs’ service minutes (SAI) may be adjusted based on your childs’ individual needs. Case managers will collaborate with families/guardians to determine what each child needs to make progress on IEP goals via distance learning.
Each childs’ schedule will be reviewed to ensure that the total number of minutes meets the requirements of SB-98.
Individual Services (e.g. 1:1) services should align with the area of need identified in the IEP and/or the required instructional minutes for a specific content area.
What if my child cannot participate in distance learning without adult support and really needs in-person services during emergency conditions?
What if my child requires additional services as a result of distance learning but those services are not in their current IEP?
Are parents able to provide input into the Emergency Learning Plan?
- Yes, meaningful parent participation in the creation of an Emergency Learning Plan is not only welcome, it is necessary.
- Case Managers will schedule a discussion (via telephone, google hangout or zoom) with you to discuss your child’s IEP needs.
- During these discussions parents and guardians can provide input on what did and did not work for their child in Spring 2020 Distance Learning and work with the IEP team to incorporate aspects to improve for Fall 2020.
- If necessary, ask for an interpreter to help you communicate with your case manager.
Do parents/guardians need to consent to the Emergency Learning Plan
- Yes, as the Emergency Learning Plan is part of the IEP, parents need to provide consent.
- Parents/guardians can provide consent to the Emergency Learning Plan by:
- signing the IEP/Emergency Learning Plan electronically
- sending an email to their case manager
- verbally expressing consent to their case manager if neither of the above two options are possibilities
What if I don’t agree with the changes in the Emergency Learning Plan
If you do not agree or consent to the changes in the plan, discuss your concerns with your case manager.
Request a virtual IEP meeting to discuss the Emergency Learning Plan with your IEP team.
- In order to ensure that students continue to receive SAI and related services, staff will implement the last-consented to Distance Learning Plan from Spring 2020 pending parent/guardian agreement to the Emergency Learning Plan.
Will annual IEPs be held during this period of distance learning?
What if I had an IEP meeting postponed during the school closure? Will it be rescheduled?