Exceptional Student Education
All ESE students returned to school for eLearning instruction on August 19th while the District works towards face-to-face instruction once conditions improve. A number of options are being considered by the District to reassure families on the District’s preparedness to support these students.
Nearly 40,000 District students with disability (SWD) receive ESE benefits, and each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) determines the accommodations they receive. These plans will be updated in Fall 2020 based on the improved eLearning model adopted by the District for the start of school. Inclusion will be maintained during periods of eLearning. In addition:
- Teachers have access to adaptive technologies and software. Teachers are also provided with accommodation needs for every student within Canvas via the SEPA app.
- Instructional and Non-Instructional staff continues to train for eLearning (as well as for hybrid and face-to-face modalities).
- Alternate forms of technology and platforms for delivery of instruction are available, including devices and specialized equipment.
- Ongoing support and resource development for PreK-Transition is being provided.
- Parents have digital access to the IEP and TDLP.
- IEP meetings will be held via Teams video conferencing with parental consent.
- Additional resources are available online, including curriculum and parent training.
- The District will bring certain populations of students back for in-person learning prior to the return of the general student population.
- Self-contained classrooms, special programs, Center school students and/or other sub-populations will be identified for priority return to on-campus instruction.
- Parents still have the option of remaining with the BCPS eLearning modality.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for ESE Students.
- PPE varies across distinct ESE classes given the broad spectrum of needs among ESE students.
- Families and staff should plan for specific PPE needs to ensure safety when face-face instruction resumes.
- All SWD are included in the protocols and resource needs associated with the non-SWD population unless documented in the IEP or the TDLP.
Personal Protective Equipment for ESE Staff.
- All staff will have the appropriate PPE for their working conditions.
- It is anticipated that staff who may work with the most severe ESE students may need more comprehensive and adequate set PPE to mitigate the risks to both student and staff when both are present in the same physical environment.
- Additional PPE, such as face shields, foot coverings, gloves and/or gowns may be is a student’s disability or behavior necessitate their use.
Important Resources for BCPS Students and Families