As you carefully consider your choice for the upcoming school year — Klein Online or Klein On-Campus — we know that there are many variables that may impact your decision, based on the individual needs of your child. Please know that we remain committed to a high level of support for our students and will continue to work diligently to ensure that your child continues to learn and has access to the specialized support for both learning options.
Because some students access multiple specialized programs and services, we have provided key information below that may be helpful to you in the decision-making process of the learning model for your child(ren).
SPECIAL EDUCATION & 504 SERVICES
As your child’s ARD/504 meeting date approaches, you will be contacted by your child’s campus staff and invited to participate in a meeting virtually or by telephone.
Klein ISD is committed to completing special education and Section 504 evaluations, to establish eligibility and provision of services, regardless of which learning option you chose for your child. If your child was in the process of being evaluated for special education or Section 504 and the evaluation was delayed because of school closures, and your child is later found eligible for special education or Section 504, the ARD or 504 committee will convene to consider compensatory services. If you suspect your child has a disability and is not currently receiving special education or Section 504 services, please visit our website for Klein ISD Child Find Information.
Specially Designed Instruction/ Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
If a child has an IEP, and chooses to participate in Klein On-Campus, services will be provided as outlined in the child’s current IEP. If families choose the Klein Online option, comparable services will be provided in alignment with Klein Online through a virtual platform. In order to determine the comparable services to be provided, the child’s ARD committee will meet to determine how services will be provided, based on the individual needs of the child.
Section 504/Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP)
If a child has a 504 plan and chooses to participate in Klein On-Campus, services will be provided as outlined in the child’s current IAP. If a child with an IAP chooses to participate in Klein Online, then the child’s 504 committee will convene to determine how services will be provided in the online learning environment, based on the individual needs of the child.
During the time of at-home learning, Klein provided services to the maximum extent possible. However, we know that not every student received the IEP/IAP services during this time. Klein ISD does not have a one size fits all plan for how compensatory services will be provided. Rather, through progress monitoring, the ARD or 504 committee will meet to make individualized decisions regarding the provision of compensatory services. Please read this resource from TEA on Compensatory Services & COVID-19 School Closures for additional information.
The Department of Multilingual Services would like to assure our families that Klein ISD will continue to address the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of multilingual learners served in a Bilingual (Transitional or Dual Language) or English as Second Language (ESL) program. Our curriculum includes linguistic and academic development opportunities that can be carried out by a teacher in a virtual setting or online with support from families. Lessons are linguistically accommodated commensurate with the student’s levels of English proficiency.
Identification and Placement
For those families of English Learners enrolling in Klein ISD for the first time, our district will follow TEA’s Guidance for Identification and Placement of Students in the Bilingual or ESL Program.
GIFTED & TALENTED
Identified Gifted/Talented learners will continue to receive differentiated instructional services in accordance with the Klein On-Campus and Klein Online teaching platforms presented from the Teaching and Learning Team. Plans will address the service design accountability standard as written in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students which assures an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and that emphasize content in the four (4) foundation curricular areas.
The Gifted/Talented Identification process for 2020-21 has been scheduled and online student assessments and the use of academic portfolios are being evaluated. Adjustments to the G/T Assessment calendar will be posted on the Klein ISD Advanced Academic website.
RELATED & OTHER SERVICES
For families that choose the Klein On-Campus option, children will continue to receive all services included in their IEP. If families choose the Klein Online option, comparable services will be provided in alignment with Klein On-Campus through a virtual platform. In order to determine the comparable services to be provided, the child’s ARD committee will meet to determine how services will be provided, based on the individual needs of the child.
Please continue to follow us at https://support.kleinisd.net for regular district updates and to submit general questions.
We will provide additional updates to you regarding special programs as information becomes available. However, if you have specific questions about your student’s services, please contact your student’s service provider directly or contact one of us below.
Dr. Kirsten Allman
Executive Director of Special Programs
Dr. Dawn Proctor
Director of Special Education Programs
Advanced Academics Instructional Officer
Director of Student Support Services
Director of Multilingual Services
Director of Special Education Assessment & Related Services