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Roadmap to Reopening – Special Populations (SPED) FAQs

This frequently asked questions (FAQ) guidance is being provided based on the public health situation as we understand it today. Changes to the public health situation over the course of the year may necessitate changes to this guidance. The district is following TEA public health guidance for schools.

Klein ISD Employees: An employee-specific FAQ is available on KNET or by clicking HERE.

Special Populations (SPED) NEW

How will specific special programs be handled in Klein Online?
Students who are guaranteed services such as English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, GT, etc. will be provided their support and services to ensure that we meet students’ needs virtually. Every attempt will be made to replicate services for students with the understanding that some services may not be feasible in a virtual setting. We will actively communicate with families about the options available in an online setting.

Is a new IEP needed for the 2020-2021 school year to participate in Klein Online?
Your child’s service team will review the supports and services currently outlined in the ARD or 504 plan.   If changes to the child’s supports or services are needed, changes can be made through an IEP Amendment, ARD meeting, or 504 Committee meeting. Decisions to revise your child’s IEP or 504 plan will be made to meet the varying needs resulting from instruction in a virtual setting.

Will my child receive their full IEP in Klein Online?
The IEP for Klein Online may be different to accommodate differences between the virtual and in-person environment. As mentioned above, if a parent chooses the Klein Online option, the child’s service team will need to review the services and determine if an amendment to the IEP is needed to meet the child’s needs in a virtual setting. 

Most IEP and 504 plans are designed for in-class instruction.  The district will make every effort to provide full IEP services; however, some accommodations, modifications and services are not appropriate in a virtual setting and cannot be delivered in an online environment.  The purpose of the IEP and 504 team will be to review the supports and services of the child to determine the extent to which services can be delivered in order to best meet the educational and safety needs of the individual child.

If all students are receiving instruction online, how will my student receive their services in the ARD/504 plan to ensure their needs are met? 
Klein ISD is committed to providing the services and supports outlined for all students who have an IEP or 504 plan.  If the campus determines that changes to the services are needed, the ARD or 504 committee may meet to make changes to the document through an IEP Amendment, ARD meeting or 504 committee meeting. The parent will be contacted by the child’s service providers to review the service plan of the child and establish a schedule for implementation of services. 

My child has a high level of needs.I had difficulty as a working parent supervising him during online instruction and keeping him engaged. Can modifications be made so he does not have to follow the regular attendance and participation guidelines? Otherwise, how do I meet his IEP?
All children must follow the components (including attendance) for Klein Online. Teachers and service providers will provide the instruction, support, and learning materials so the IEP can be followed. Online learning will look like it does for all children without disabilities except for reviewing the IEP and providing accommodations and modifications appropriate for the child. Parent expectations and their role in online-learning will apply as it does for all children. 

My child previously received homebound services. Will I still receive those services during Klein Online? 
If the child was receiving general education homebound or homebound services through 504, they should access their learning through the Klein Online option. Klein Online will provide maximum access to the full scope of the curriculum. If the child has specific homebound service needs, an ARD or 504 committee would need to determine the best way to meet the needs of the individual child. 

My child is in Early Childhood classes, will they be able to do Klein Online?
Yes, all children, regardless of disability or age, have the opportunity to participate in the Klein Online option.

My child was in the process of an initial evaluation or a revaluation, will my child still be evaluated during Klein Online? 
Yes, Klein ISD is committed to continuing the completion of initial evaluations of children who are suspected of having a disability during online learning with Klein Online.

I do not have experience with implementing my child’s IEP or 504 Plan. When we are in Klein Online, will there be training provided for me so I may support my child at home?
During virtual instruction, all teachers will hold office hours.  Parents may choose to attend the teacher’s office hours in order to gain additional assistance with implementation of specific strategies, such as different types of prompting and cueing, in order to best support their child in the home. 

What happens if my child did not receive all of their specialized (special education or 504) services during the spring semester of the 2019-20 school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? 
The students IEP or 504 team will begin working to establish if individual students have been deemed to have a loss of learning due to the COVID-19 crisis.  This determination will be made during the first 9 weeks of the instructional year. The need to evaluate a loss of learning will be considered at an ARD or 504 meeting on an individual basis for all children who were receiving special education and/or dyslexia services. 

Community health data continues to change in our Klein ISD community, and we are continuously monitoring this information and adjusting our plans accordingly. We are sharing these preliminary plans with the understanding that as we get closer to the start of school, plans could change based on conditions.

Updated on August 21, 2020

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