PSSA Family Letter
We understand the trepidation and concern that comes along with the notice of virtual instruction for your child with an IEP. Please trust that we remain dedicated to ensuring that your child receives a free appropriate public education in the virtual environment and are committed to work with you to develop a suitably revised IEP for your child where necessary.
Special education representatives have been actively involved in the planning for the online instruction option over the last several months. As a department, we have also been developing best practices for virtual special education instruction and have been preparing training for our teachers, which will be provided in the next few weeks.
Many of you have already chosen online instruction as your child’s learning option, and we have had an opportunity to work through concerns with many families. We value the individual strengths and needs of each of our students as determined by each IEP team. To that end, our teachers will be receiving detailed guidelines for working with families to complete IEP revisions that continue to address each student’s needs.
Attached is a Q&A developed from our internal work and the collaborative conversations we have had with families over the last few weeks. We believe that these will be helpful in addressing the many questions you have. As stated in Dr. Kopicki’s email, more information will be forthcoming in the next two weeks that will provide more information about how your child’s education and IEP will be delivered.
Director of Special Education
PASA Family Letter
Although the district has announced that students will be returning in the fall virtually, at this time we will be continuing with in-school instruction five days per week for students who take the PASA state assessment. Most students who take the PASA attend regional special education programs. If your child takes the PASA but does not attend a regional program, he or she may attend the appropriate regional program in-person five days per week. The regional programs are listed below:
- Life Skills Support – Cold Spring Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, CB West High School
- Regional Learning Support (including TOPSS) – Linden Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, CB West High School
- Multiple Disabilities Support – Groveland Elementary School, Unami Middle School, CB South High School
- Autistic Support – Bridge Valley Elementary School, Jamison Elementary School*, Warwick Elementary School*, Tamanend Middle School*, CB East High School*
(*PASA-aligned IEPs only)
You may have already chosen the online option for your child who takes the PASA. We will continue to provide that option for you if you so choose. However, we are no longer offering the hybrid model at this time. If you originally chose the hybrid option, your child will be assigned to the five day in-person plan unless you would prefer to switch to fully online. In that case, please reach out to the building principal and special education supervisor to indicate your request to change.
Attached is a Q&A developed from conversations we have had with families over the last few weeks. We believe this will be helpful in addressing the many questions you have. We understand it may be confusing to determine if future district-wide communications apply to your child’s in-school programming. Please note that any additional communication specific to your child will come through the special education department and/or your child’s case manager.
We thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the return to school together.
Director of Special Education