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Special Education Services with Digital Learning

We are looking forward to engaging with all of our students as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.  As you are aware, Alcoa City Schools will offer both a virtual learning academy and in-person learning opportunities.  Students with disabilities that are enrolled in-person will receive services as outlined in the current IEP.  As always, parents and teachers can request an IEP meeting or parent/teacher conference to discuss specific IEP plans.

Students with disabilities that opt for the virtual learning academy will likely require an IEP addendum as we begin the school year.  Previous IEP’s were written with the intention of in-person service delivery.   Each IEP team, with input from all members, will ultimately decide the most appropriate method of service delivery for optimal growth towards the student’s IEP goals.  Below are some examples of what service plans may look like in a virtual setting:

Direct Academics:

  • Digital instruction delivered by virtual meeting, recorded video, live lessons, or web-based instructional programming
  • Special education teacher/staff daily scheduled instructional support
  • Paper-based instruction – teacher prepared printed materials
  • Online programming with performance monitoring.  Overseen by special education teacher/staff
  • Virtual or scheduled in-person progress monitoring sessions (to determine progress or regression in academic areas)

 

Inclusion Services in General Education Setting for Academic Support:

  • Digital instruction delivered by virtual meeting, recorded video, live lessons, or web-based instructional programming. (Content differentiated by general education teacher in collaboration with special education staff)
  • Special education teacher/staff daily scheduled instructional support
  • Special education teacher/staff and general education teacher collaborate to modify activities and ensure accommodations are followed as outlined in the IEP

 

Related Services in Speech, Language, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy

  • Scheduled in-person sessions in a controlled environment
  • Scheduled teletherapy sessions with follow-up work provided by therapist for at home practice
  • Group virtual therapy

 

Other IEP Supports

  • Other supports provided to support IEP Goals will be determined by the IEP team to the greatest extent possible as appropriate in a virtual learning environment (ex: pre-vocational, social emotional, behavior, etc.)