Fall 2020 SPED Parent FAQ
Will my child’s IEP be followed?
Each child’s IEP will be followed to the greatest extent possible, given the parent’s preference for learning option, as well as the most current health and safety guidelines. School teams and parents will develop a temporary remote learning plan to document any changes in services or accommodations that are needed if the student is learning in a remote setting (either parent choice, blended learning, or additional school closures).
Is an IEP meeting or amendment required in response to COVID-19 related closures?
No, an IEP amendment is not required in response to COVID-19 related closures. Each student will have a remote learning plan developed with parents and school personnel to address any changes in services, accommodations, and modifications needed to address their needs remotely.
Will we still have an annual IEP meeting or a reevaluation meeting this year?
Yes, all federal and state timelines will be followed. Students that were scheduled for a three-year reevaluation and each student’s annual IEP will be conducted. These meetings will be conducted virtually to comply with the guidance of limiting visitors in school buildings.
Can I ask for an IEP meeting to add/change services to my child’s IEP?
Parents can ask for an IEP meeting at any time to discuss their concerns. Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and academic progress. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed.
Can a student with an IEP or 504 attend the remote learning program?
Yes, if you are interested in the Remote Learning option, please select a one-semester or year-long commitment. Your child’s IEP team will meet to review and identify individual accommodations that will be necessary to support your child’s unique needs.
What will happen to students that have IEP plans and need daily specialized instruction?
Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.
Will students with disabilities be at school five days a week?
Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. An increase in face to face instruction is an option teams will consider.
What are teleservices?
Teleservices are services provided remotely by special service providers in an educational setting, through the use of technology for assessment, intervention, and consultation. Princeton intervention specialists, related service staff, school psychologists, and paraprofessionals will be utilizing teleservices to students who are learning remotely.
My child struggles with transitions. What is being done to help students transition back to school?
The district is working to compile a list of resources parents can use to help their child transition back to school. This includes social stories on a variety of topics (social distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing, etc.), sample daily schedules, and strategies to support children at home. This will be available on the Princeton website.
My child receives a lot of services on their IEP. What will be prioritized if they are only in school part-time?
Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services through in-person services and teleservices to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. These decisions will be documented in a remote learning plan and a prior written notice.
What if my child can’t wear a mask due to their disability?
Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review any specific needs your child may have upon returning to school. These needs and possible accommodations will be documented in a prior written notice.
What should I do if my child isn’t making progress on their IEP goals?
Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and reporting this on IEP progress reports per the IEP. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed. Parents can contact their child’s intervention specialist to discuss any concerns about progress.
My child uses a school-provided device for communication and/or access to their instruction. If my child is learning remotely, will they have access to it when they are at home?
Yes, your child’s school team will make arrangements for the device to be available at home when the child is accessing services and will provide parents with consultation on how to support their child with the device.