Dear Parents and Families,

In last night’s board meeting, the Longview School Board voted to start the school year in full remote (online) learning. This letter is to provide you with some specifics related to special education supports and services for the upcoming school year.

The District Special Education Department has spent the summer working closely with state and local officials creating specific procedures for special education students during remote learning.  Some important information for you to know:

  • When the district is in full remote status students with disabilities will be as well. However, staff may bring in students for assessments, evaluations or services on a case-by-case basis. The district will follow the Department of Health’s health and safety requirements, to the extent possible, to reduce the risk for staff and students.
  • We will prioritize full implementation of IEPs in the fall. Specifically, you will hear from your child’s case manager no later than September 4 to discuss the schedule and implementation of your child’s IEP.  Each student will have a master schedule built that details when their IEP goal(s) and specially designed instruction will be provided.  We have spent the summer improving the remote learning model which will assist with implementation efforts
  • Any delayed Evaluations, Re-Evaluations and annual IEPs will be completed within 30 days of the first day of school
  • We realize you may have questions and concerns. Your first point of contact will be your child’s case-manager. We asked case-managers to arrange a check in with parents at least every other week to gather input to guide remote learning efforts.

To assist with communication please ensure that the district has your current e-mail on file by sending your name and your student’s name to infoteam@longviewschools.org. The District Special Education Department will be providing ongoing updates.  I appreciate your patience and support.

 

Respectfully,

Elizabeth A. West

Executive Director of Special Education

Longview Public Schools