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June 10, 2020
Dear Shoreline Families of Students in Special Education,
As we move into the final days of this school year, we are incredibly grateful to all of you. We recognize the challenges, fears, and anxiety the pandemic and the resulting school closure and community challenges have had on all of us. Despite this, parents and staff across our system have continued to provide feedback, work incredibly hard to meet students' needs, to keep each other safe and connected, and to remain positive. We are proud, humbled and honored to lead this community and will continue to do the work needed to meet each and every student's needs as we move forward.
There have been significant impacts over the last three months that we want to acknowledge as we near the end of the 2019-2020 school year:
- The school closure has not been predictable and has disrupted everyone’s sense of safety and what is “normal”. Communication has been particularly challenging in this remote environment and we are working to get better at that.
- Special needs families have been working extremely hard to meet not only the learning needs of their students, but also their medical, social/emotional, child care, and respite needs during this pandemic.
- Our teacher, SLP, OT/PT, vision, hearing, specialist, behavior technician and paraeducator staff have been working remotely with and for students with IEPs. The district’s Special Education Continuous Learning Plan provided the overall foundation for each individual student’s Continuous Learning Plan that providers collaborated on with families to outline the support provided during this time.
- Annual IEP and 3-year reevaluation meetings that could be held remotely occurred to the greatest extent possible.
- Students requiring ESY (Extended School Year) services through their IEPs have been contacted regarding the remote ESY services. This parallels Shoreline’s remote learning plan for summer school.
Our next steps in planning for the reopening of schools will be under the guidance of OSPI and the Department of Health. We are capturing the strategies that have benefited students and families and are seeking additional supports in our efforts to provide special education services to our students. As we gain clarity on the guidelines for the safe reopening of school, we will share that information with families and staff members. Our planning will address the instruction needed to allow students to make progress on IEP goals, address evaluation needs, and begin the rescheduling of any delayed meetings. IEP teams will be using the student Continuous Learning Plans from this spring to inform their work upon return in assessing student needs.
We are absolutely committed to doing our very best in meeting student and family needs in whatever environment we return to this fall. We endeavor to improve services and outcomes, despite the barriers brought on by remote learning. Please contact your service providers or a director if you have a question that has not been addressed or input in regard to Continuous Learning Plans and the reopening plans for the district.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support throughout these challenging times.
Amy Vujovich, Director of Student Services
Scott Irwin, Director of Secondary Student Services
Hillery Clark, Director of Early Learning
Click here for previous School Closure Family Communication from the Shoreline Special Education Department