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March 11, 2021

 

 

Dear Shoreline Families of Students in Special Education,

 

The last couple weeks have brought out what one of our former students used to call “a lot of feels”. It has been fabulous to have students back in classrooms for on-site learning. We have loved seeing the smiles, hearing the stories, and sharing in the excitement.  Also, the ongoing support of those students who remain in remote learning continues to be awe inspiring. Is it working for every student and family?  No.  Are each of us learning, collaborating and striving to do better every day?  Absolutely!

 

As students are returning to on site instruction, next steps are for IEP teams to discuss recovery services. Recovery services are separate from ESY services. Per OSPI guidance, recovery services depict a variety of scenarios that may describe supplemental services needed to address gaps in service delivery due to COVID-19 health/safety limitations, of which districts had no control. Recovery services are determined by IEP teams once a student has returned to on-site learning. Recovery service discussions will occur for these students as they are spending the majority of their school week in on-site learning:

  • PreK special education students attending the on-site preschool program 
  • K-12 students attending the on-site self-contained classroom hybrid model 

At this time, we are not determining if recovery services are warranted for students spending the majority of their school week in remote learning: this includes p-12 students attending in a fully remote instructional model and k-5 students attending the general education hybrid instructional model. 

 

In the next couple of weeks, IEP case managers will be reaching out to parents and guardians of preK special education and k-12 self-contained students to discuss current IEP goal progress and whether a meeting to determine recovery services is needed. For students who have made adequate progress on their IEP goals, an IEP team meeting may not be needed. For students who have not made progress on their IEP goals, IEP teams would determine if recovery services are needed.

 

As always, we appreciate your partnership in educating your students.  We remain committed to the success of all our students in every learning model!

 

Amy Vujovich, Director of Student Services

Scott Irwin, Director of Secondary Student Services

Hillery Clark, Director of Early Learning