West Genesee Special Education Plan for Returning to School

Special Education Plan for Returning to Schools in a Google Presentation format.

The West Genesee Special Education Return to School Plan

This plan has taken into account our need to provide services to approximately 700 students with IEPs, all of whom have unique and varying needs.

There will be changes and adjustments made to the plan as needed due to the number of students receiving in person and remote services.

Though in person services are limited due to space requirements, we are working to have students in person with staff as much as possible. Any services not provided in person will be provided remotely.

Grades K-4

These students will attend their school every day as outlined by the district plan.

They will receive their services in school as outlined on their IEP.

Students will be grouped for their services (Consultant Teacher, resource, speech, OT, and PT)  and in the same classroom, as much as possible, to limit the mixing of cohorts.

Any student who doesn’t attend in person school will receive their special education services and supports remotely.  Any “live” (via Zoom, Google, etc.) services will be scheduled to occur during the school day.

Students who receive only speech, OT and/or PT will receive these services on days they are in school as usual.

Services will be scheduled at a time that will be least disruptive to the student’s academic instruction as much as possible.

Grade 5 – 8

Grades 5 and 6 students will attend WGMS.  Grades 7 and 8 will attend CMS. These students will attend school and go to classes on their 2 assigned days with their peers.

1-2 of the student’s remote days will be used to provide the opportunity to come to school for in person IEP services if possible. This would be for resource time, and related services listed on the IEP.

This additional in person service may or may not be available dependent on teacher and room availability as well as transportation.

Families will choose if they would like their child to come in for additional scheduled time if it is available.  Families will need to commit to this option just as you are committing to the remote or in person option the district is offering.  If you prefer not to attend on remote days, students will be assigned times for remote services for special class, resource and any related services.

Any student who doesn’t attend school in person will receive their special education services and supports remotely.  Any “live” (Zoom, Google, etc.) services will be scheduled to occur during the school day.

Grades 9-12

These students will attend school and go to classes on their 2 assigned days with their peers.

1-2 of the student’s remote days will be used to provide the opportunity to come to school for in person IEP services if possible. This would be for resource time, and related services listed on the IEP.

This additional in person service  may or may not be available dependent on teacher and room availability as well as transportation.

Families will choose if they would like their child to come in for additional scheduled time if it is available.  Families will need to commit to this option just as you are committing to the remote or in person option the district is offering.  If you prefer not to attend on remote days, students will be assigned times for remote services for special class, resource and any related services.

Any student who doesn’t attend school in person will receive their special education services and supports remotely.  Any “live” (Zoom, Google, etc.) services will be scheduled to occur during the school day.

15-1 Special Classes

These are our students who are in 15-1 classes in content areas such as reading, ELA, science, social studies or math.

Students in grades K-4 will attend their class every day.

Students in grades 5-12 will attend school 2 days per week with their peers. They will be our top priority to come in on their remote days to receive this services if they are available.

This additional in person service  may or may not be available dependent on teacher and room availability as well as transportation.

12-1-1 and 8-1-1 Special Classes

These students have the highest level of need and have the greatest level of special education services and supports.

Students in grades K-4 will attend their class every day.

Students in grades 5-12 will attend school 4 days per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Students will be with their special class most of their day. They will leave the special class for general education classes, and related services per their IEP.

We are working through how the move of 5th and 6th grades at WGMS will impact our 12-1-1 students.  After consulting with the team and developing a plan we will be in touch with these parents individually to discuss the plan for their child. Additionally, we will do a team meeting with each family who has a child in a 12-1-1 or 8-1-1 district based class through Zoom. This will be scheduled in the next couple weeks and will include:

  • What your child’s plan at school will look like.
  • The IEP will be changed if the family chooses not to have their child leave the special class.
  • If there are any special precautions we need to take with your child at school per their doctor.

Related Services

When possible, related services:

  • Will be scheduled by same class groups to keep students in their cohort.
  • Will be on days students are in school for their in person days for grades K-4.
  • May be done on student remote days for grades 5-12 if available.  On these days we will try to keep them with their same “in school” group.
  • They may be done remotely if it does not fit into their in person schedule for grades 5-12.
  • Any remote services will be done through teletherapy as much as possible.  Recorded videos or paper packets may be provided at parent request. Any “live” therapy will be done during the regular school day hours.

Considerations for additional support on remote days

Student IEP services will be prioritized for remote day support if available.

Students with multiple services will be scheduled first and will be assigned time based on the services they receive per their IEP.  For instance, a student who has speech, OT and resource would come in for more time than a student who only receives resource.

We will attempt to schedule students who only have resource at least once during their in person days if possible.  This will depend on teacher and room availability, as well as transportation.

Students will be assigned a time that they can come into school for in person services on their remote days if they will be available.  They will be grouped with the same group they attend services/classes with during their full days in school. This time can not be flexible as we need to keep them in their group as much as possible.

The scheduled services will be during regular school hours.

If a parent or student prefer not to come in on the remote days, they will be assigned times for remote services per their IEP.

Transportation to School for Special Ed Services on on Remote Days

If parents prefer to transport their student on remote days for their additional service time, they can do so.

We are working with transportation to determine if we can get students in on their remote days for additional services if the parent is not providing transportation.

Remote Instruction (parent choice)

Special Education teacher services and related services will be provided on a schedule set by the providers during school hours.

Special education and related services will be provided through a combination of  in person video sessions, google classroom, paper and other platforms.  This will be determined based on student needs and parent input.

Students who attend BOCES programs

Students who attend specialized BOCES programming will be attending 5 days a week per BOCES and as allowed by the school district the program is housed in.

CTE programs and CDOS programs will be 5 days per week as of right now, this is subject to change.  We will communicate information as we receive it.

CSE Meetings

CSE meetings will continue to be held remotely this year.  Parents will be called to participate.

For Questions or Clarification Please Contact Us

Susan Murray- Director of Special Education smurray@westgenesee.org

Darlene Chapin- Assistant Director of Special Education dchapin@westgenesee.org

Office- 315-487-4698