WISD COVID-19 Distance Learning Plan for Students with Disabilities (updated 3/26/2020)
As a Special Education Department, we are working to ensure your student is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) during the campus closures caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Our department goal during this time is to provide special education and related services to your child in accordance with their IEP using a distance learning format to the maximum extent appropriate. During this time and as directed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), at the U.S. Department of Education, WISD Special Education Department will work to provide appropriate support for students to make progress in the curriculum and in their IEP/goals/objectives during this time.
We are reviewing all student IEPs to determine the need for any revisions during this time. For some students, no revisions to the IEP are necessary; however, for others revisions may be needed. Your child's teacher or service providers will be communicating with you a plan for your student. If you are in agreement with that plan, please let them know. Should you feel the plan will not meet your student's needs and an ARD is needed to make changes to the IEP, please contact your campus diagnostician. Once regular school resumes, if needed, an ARD committee meeting may be held to review your child's progress.
ARD Committee meetings scheduled or due during campus closures will be held allowing you to participate either through audio and/or video. Unless agreed to otherwise, any reevaluations due during this time will be completed during ARD meetings by reviewing existing evaluation data. The committee will also review and consider the need for new, formal data to be obtained within the next school year. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your campus or the Special Education Department. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all determine the best way to serve our Waxahachie ISD students. Please let us know what we can do to further support you and/or your student. We have linked resources below that you may find useful during this time.