What is the plan for ensuring seniors graduate?
The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently drafting new guidance on graduating seniors. One of the current solutions is for teachers to use “Pass” (P) grades for seniors. The SBE is working on a method to waive credits for seniors as well.
Are we asking the state to help with additional funds that might be needed to help gets kids the support they need due to regression?
Conversations surrounding funding are currently taking place at the district and state level.
Will work be graded during this closure?
Teachers will determine when it is appropriate to provide feedback and assign grades to individual assignments. Students overall grade(s) will not be negatively impacted during the school closure.
What are the efforts to consider the trauma response when kids do return to schools?
Students will be assessed on an individual basis for supports that are in addition to school-wide services. Our school counselors are reaching out to students to offer support via telephone, and video conferencing during the closure. If you have concerns about your child, please reach out to your school counselor for support.
Will translators be available to send IEP invites to families who do not speak English? Will they also be available during the IEP meetings?
Yes, our bilingual specialists are available to translate emails and phone calls as needed. If we do not have a specialist available for a language our district as access to language line.
Will extended school year services (ESY) services be available to our students following this closure?
In general, ESY services are intended to help maintain skills, not provide new learning. IEP teams will meet once school is back in session to determine the need for ESY or compensatory services on a case by case basis.
When school resumes, how will the district note student regression?
IEP teams will meet when school re-opens in order to evaluate regression and determine next steps.
How does a student get services if they have just transferred to the district but is not enrolled in a school yet?
Please call Jeannie Brown (509) 354-7393 and she will help get your student registered.
If the parent does not have ability for Zoom, can they be on the phone on speaker and the special education teacher and general education teacher on zoom?
Yes, the parent could participate by phone as in any other IEP meeting, if the technology makes it equitable across participants. Some online platforms, such as Zoom, have the ability for participants to call in to the meeting.
With IEP meetings being held over Zoom, are parents still able to have their support system attend including advocates, and friends?
Yes, parents are welcomed to extend the invite to whomever they would like to attend the virtual IEP meeting.
I do not have a computer or internet at home. How can my child access the district online resources?
Laptops will be available for students to check out based on need and availability. Internet access will be supported by providing hotspots and coordinating with community partners. Check the SPS website March 17 to learn about the check-out process.
My child has a district assigned assistive technology device. Can we take it home during the closure?
Starting Monday March 23rd, you make pick up your student’s device at the school during the school’s posted office hours. The device will be available for pick up along with a device check-out form.