What To Expect for Special Education
Case managers will reach out to families in the first week or two of distance learning to discuss specially designed instruction & more
Dear 4J families,
We hope you and your families are doing well and are staying healthy and strong during this very different time in our lives. As you all know, Governor Kate Brown recently announced that our school doors will stay closed for the rest of the 2019–20 school year, as another important measure to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.
During these exceptional circumstances, your student remains eligible for special education, including specially designed instruction and related services to support their learning, as determined in their individualized education plan. Eugene School District 4J remains committed to serving the needs of our students in special education during the closure.
Naturally, the provision of specially designed instruction and delivery of service will look different in the context of distance learning. Consistent with the reduction in teacher-led instruction that will be provided to all students in the district, your student’s specially designed instruction and related services also will be less during the school closure.
Case managers will reach out to parents during this first week or two of instruction to discuss what specially designed instruction (SDI) will look like, present a plan regarding your child’s services, and, for our current seniors, talk about the plan for high school completion.
Your child’s individual case manager will be working with related service providers on the plan and will communicate how their services will look when the plan is created. In many cases, our related service providers such as speech–language providers, along with case managers, will become co-teachers in online classrooms where they have students they serve. They will support classroom teachers in reviewing how content can have accommodations or modifications applied to be appropriate for students’ needs.
Your case manager will review the entire plan with you and send you a copy within the first few weeks of distance learning. Any questions you have should be directed to your case manager during this shift in instruction.
We appreciate our partnership with you during this difficult time. Please be assured that your student’s IEP will remain in effect and their regular IEP services will resume when the school closure ends and a regular school day can resume.
Stay safe and be well,
SSD Administration Team
Eugene School District 4J