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Q: My child has an IEP. Is my child eligible to enroll in the Virtual Academy, hybrid and traditional models?

A: 

Early Childhood Learning Center

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Elementary School Students:

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Middle School and High School Students:

  • Students with IEP’s who are in Co-Teaching, Collaboration Classes or Directed Classes may choose between the Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Blended.
  • Students with IEP’s who are in Moderate/Severe or Autism Specific Programs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.

Irvine Adult Transition Program

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Q: What will IUSD do to support students with IEPs?

A: IEP teams will work with parents to determine how the IEP will be implemented in each academic model.  Related services will be provided either through teletherapy or in person at the school site.

Q: How will teachers and Special Education service providers, who work with more than one school, provide services to students?

A:   All Special Education services, as identified within a student's IEP, will be provided to the extent feasible. Any group services identified within a student's IEP will be provided within classroom cohorts, to the extent possible. All teachers and related service providers who work with multiple classrooms will be trained on all physical distancing guidance and hygiene protocols that are recommended by the California Department of Public Health and local Orange County Healthcare Agency guidelines. For students participating in Distance Learning, related services will be provided through teletherapy or in person.

Q: Will there be mainstreaming for students with IEP’s?

A: Our Special Education team will work in collaboration with parents to determine opportunities for mainstreaming, to the fullest extent possible, while following guidance regarding classroom cohorts and social distancing.

Q: How will IUSD perform Triennial and Initial assessments for our special education population?

A: Assessments will be conducted following all physical distancing guidance and hygiene protocols that are recommended  by the California Department of Public Health and local Orange County Healthcare Agency guidelines.  If your child has a pending assessment the assessment team at their school site will begin the assessment shortly after school resumes.  If your child is participating in Distance Learning, the assessment team will be in contact with you to determine if it is safe for the in-person portions of the assessment to be completed at an IUSD location.

 

Q: My child has transportation on their IEP, how will it be provided?

A: Our transportation department will follow all physical distancing guidance and hygiene protocols that are recommended by the California Department of Public Health and local Orange County Healthcare Agency guidelines. If your child is currently eligible for special education transportation services and you would prefer to transport your child during this time, the District will provide reimbursement for one round trip per day at the 2020 IRS Standard Business Mileage Rate. The Department of Special Education will be sending a survey to all parents of students who have IEPs that indicate transportation is required.   Please contact the School Psychologist if you have further questions.

 

Q: If my child experienced a learning loss as a result of Emergency Distance Learning, how will this be addressed?

A: All IUSD students will be taking an assessment at the beginning of the year to determine any academic areas that need to be addressed due to loss of learning during Emergency Distance Learning.  Additionally, our special education service providers will probe all goal areas identified within the student’s IEP  throughout the first reporting period to determine any regression. After the first goal reporting period, your child’s IEP service providers will analyze the assessment information and goal data gathered to determine the need for any COVID response services.

 

 

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