Yes, students with IEPs may apply for full time virtual learning. The process will include a meeting to develop a Contingency Learning Plan for providing services virtually. The documentation will reflect that the IEP is the district’s offer of FAPE but that the parent/guardian prefers the Contingency Learning Plan in light of concerns about COVID-19. This plan is not an amendment to the IEP but is a temporary plan in light of the circumstances in response to the current health crisis. Special education services and supports, including speech sessions and related services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.), will be offered during virtual learning for students with IEPs, but they may look different than they would in a brick and mortar setting.
At this time, we are planning for appropriately certified special education teachers from the district to provide special education services to students with disabilities participating in virtual learning. For students in adapted curriculum special programs, district staff will also implement Unique, a computer-assisted program that has been in use with the students in these classes since the 2018-2019 school year. Special education teachers and other providers may not be the same ones who have previously taught or worked with the students who are served virtually.