Do you have a child who receives special education services? Do you have questions about school closures due to Covid-19 and what that means for your child's education plan? SEEK is here to help!
Join us for SEEK this WEEK -- a Town Hall discussion that will is streamed live on SEEK's Facebook page every Thursday at 7 PM EST. SEEK's Executive Committee will be online to answer your questions.
Please submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
To watch live, go to: https://www.facebook.com/SEEKCT/
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SEEK is keeping pace with information on school reopening and distance learning. Below you will find SEEK letters, State guidance and helpful tools for PPT's and distance learning.
These data sheets are designed to provide information to you and your IEP team for decision making purposes. We hope they support collaboration with your school team.
Tthe State has advised school districts not to discuss your child's distance learning at PPTs. SEEK firmly disagrees with this position and has created an Interim IEP, which is an amended version of the service grid page of Connecticut's IEP Form (below).
Districts are required to provide your child's IEP to the maximum extent possible during the school closures. Clearly, there are certain services that can not be provided given the fact that students are not physically in school. SEEK is hearing that many students are not receiving nearly what could be provided through distance learning. The IIEP Form (below) provides an opportunity to document the actual services provided during distance learning.
The Form is printable and can submitted to the IEP team at your child's PPT. Should your district refuse to discuss or accept the IIEP, you can ask for the team to reflect the refusal of your request on Prior Written Notice (page 3 of the IEP Form).
The CSDE has provided school districts with model templates as a tool to assist in documenting their efforts to communicate with parents/guardians, record continued education opportunities for students with IEPs, and record the delivery of services for students with IEPs during statewide school closures.
The State advises that these templates are designed to be used only during the COVID-19 school closures through May 20, 2020 and that further guidance will most likely be coming.
The CDSE letter to districts and the templates are below. SEEK is providing them to you as we believe it is critical to know what data school districts have been guided to use on your child.
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