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April 6, 2020

3/21/2020 7:27:00 AM
School district taking steps to continue educating special education students
By River NEws Staff

According to a letter to parents of School District of Rhinelander special education students from Maggie Peterson PhD, director of learning support/student services, the district is putting a plan in place so that special education students can receive instruction on "Continuity of Learning" days.

Methods for providing special education services during the state-mandated shutdown were also discussed in the letter.

"Your student's case manager will work collaboratively with teaching staff to review class materials provided to ensure that modifications and accommodations in the student's IEP (Individualized Education Program) are addressed," Peterson's letter states. "Your student's case manager and teachers will send assignments, materials, and resources for your student to complete. The activities will address individual IEP goals as specified in your student's IEP."

According to the letter, teachers may use a variety of materials such as work packets, virtual instruction/conferencing, instructional phone calls, videos or online curriculum depending on each child's needs and what is in their IEP.

The letter also said that all IEP and Evaluation meetings scheduled during the school shutdown will be held via teleconference, online via Google Hangout, or other online platforms.

"If you have a meeting currently scheduled, the case manager will contact you with further details," the letter states. "If your student is currently undergoing an initial evaluation or re-evaluation, an extension may be applied due to the student being unavailable for assessment; however, every effort will be made to make the original timeline."

The letter also states that teachers and office staff will be available by phone or email during the shutdown to address parent concerns or to provide assistance. "During the 'Continuity of Learning' days, case managers will attempt to check in with students and/or families daily to monitor progress and provide support," the letter said.

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