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Exceptional Learners

 

Virtual Learning

Currently, the Department of Exceptional Learners is working on guidelines that will include avenues to maintain a process for Child Find / Student Evaluations. Families will also receive additional information regarding on-site and virtual services for students that will be in conjunction with the HSE Schools' Four-Phase Reopening Plan. 

Resource Programs and Therapies

  • Resource services will be provided via Zoom to support students as they access their Gen Ed curriculum, address IEP goals and the student's individualized needs.
  • Therapies (speech-language, occupational therapy, physical therapy) will occur via Zoom, individually and within small group settings.
  • Homebound services will continue to be provided virtually via Zoom. 

FAP, Lifeskills, CFL, FIATS (K-8)

  • Instructional Assistants will participate in whole group instruction, lead small groups under the planning of the teacher and will provide one-on-one support to students who need it. 
  • Related Services staff will join the Zoom meetings (OT, PT, SLPs) and will lead small groups throughout the week.  
Monday - Thursday:
  • Whole group instruction will take place via Zoom for 30-minutes (social skills, community circle and/or basic skills).
  • Language Arts instruction will take place via Zoom for 20-minutes as whole group instruction and 20-minutes in small groups.
  • Math instruction will take place via Zoom for 20-minutes as whole group instruction and 20-minutes in small groups.
  • Related Arts will be offered for 20-minutes each day. Teachers / IAs will either join the Gen Ed class Zooms with the class that the student would typically push into or teachers will collaborate with Related Arts teachers to co-teach a class for their own class. 
Friday
  • Class will Zoom together for community circle / SEL lesson.
  • 1:1 instruction on specific IEP goals
  • IEP meetings
  • PLC work
  • All Zoom sessions will be recorded and put on the teacher's Canvas page for families to access if they are unable to be in attendance. 

FAP, Lifeskills, FIATS (9-12)

Families will receive additional information regarding on-site and virtual services for students that will be in conjunction with the HSE Schools' Four-Phase Reopening Plan.
  • Instructional Assistants will participate in whole group instruction, lead small groups under the planning of the teacher and will provide one-on-one support to students who need it. 
  • Related Services staff will join the Zoom meetings (OT, PT, SLPs) and will lead small groups throughout the week. 
Monday - Thursday 
Period 1 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Period 2 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Period 3 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Period 4 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
  • Students will take four classes: Language Arts / Math / Science & Biology / Media and follow their schedule each day as they would if they were in school. 
  • The 45-minute blocks will be a combination of whole group and small group instruction via Zoom. IA's will be available on the Zoom meeting to work with students in "break out" rooms. 
  • All Zooms will be recorded and uploaded to the teacher's Canvas page for families to access after-hours. 
Friday
  • Class will Zoom together for community cirlce / SEL lesson.
  • 1:1 instruction on specific IEP goals
  • IEP meetings
  • PLC work

12+ Transition Program

Families will receive additional information regarding on-site and virtual services for students that will be in conjunction with the HSE Schools' Four-Phase Reopening Plan. 
  • Instructional Assistants will participate in whole group instruction, lead small groups under the planning of the teacher and will provide one-on-one support to students who need it.
  • Related Services staff will join the Zoom meetings (OT, PT, SLPs) and will lead small groups thoughout the week. 
NOTE: Students who have out-of-school jobs MAY still attend those jobs, if parents are in agreement and the employer is still open. Students must follow all safety precautions mandated by the employer. Students may be accompanied by an HSE Job Coach

 

Monday - Thursday
  • Whole group instruction will take place via Zoom for 30-to 45-minutes (social skills, community circle, basic skills).
  • Every student will have two 30-minute small group sessions with their teacher / IA to focus on ULS lessons / job skills and IEP goals (at LEAST one of the group sessions must be with the classroom teacher). 
Friday
  • Class with Zoom together for community circle / SEL lesson.
  • 1:1 instruction on specific IEP goals
  • IEP meetings
  • PLC work

FOCUS Day Schedule (2-4)

Monday - Thursday
  • 15-minute community circle / check-in each morning
  • Each classroom teacher will host two separate Zoom meetings (Literacy Block and Math Block) in the morning.
  • Continue use of station work for both Math and Literacy for each grade level. 
  • 20-minutes with teacher.
  • 40-minutes of remediation and small group work with IA and/or some large group instruction for common curriculum may occur. 
Friday
  • Teacher will host one Zoom meeting in the morning for explicit SEL instruction and / or support / RTI / small group / office hours / extention activities / Q&A sessions, etc. 

FOCUS Day Schedule (5-6)

Monday - Thursday:
  • 15-minute community circle / check-in each morning
  • Each classroom teacher will host two separate Zoom meetings (Literacy Block and Math Block) in the morning.
  • Continue use of station work for both Math and Literacy for each grade level.
  • 20-minutes with teacher
  • 40-minutes of remediation and small group work with IA and/or some large group instruction for common curriculum may occur. 
Friday
  • Teacher will host one Zoom meeting in the morning for explicit SEL instruction and / or support / RTI / small group / office hours / extension activities / Q&A sessions, etc. 

FOCUS Day Schedule (7-8)

Monday and Wednesday: Periods 1, 2, 3 & 4
Period 1 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (Community Circle / Check-in)
Period 2 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (Grade 7 Language Arts / Grade 8 Remediation IA Support)
Period 3 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Grade 7 / 8 Science)
Period 4 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Grade 8 Language Arts / Grade 7 Remediation IA Support)
 
Tuesday and Thursday: Periods 5, 6 & 7
Period 1 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (Community Circle / Check-in)
Period 5 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (Grade 7 Math / Grade 8 Resource (IA Support))
Period 6 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Grade 7 / 8 Social Studies)
Period 7 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Grade 8 Math / Grade 7 Resource (IA Support))
 
Friday:
  • Teacher will host one Zoom meeting in the morning for explicit SEL instruction and / or support / RTI / small group / office hours / extension activities / Q&A sessions, etc.

FOCUS Day Schedule (9-12)

Monday and Wednesday: Periods 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Live English classes and PLATO with IA support).

Period 1 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (Community Circle / Check-in)
Period 2 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Period 3 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Period 4 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: Periods 5, 6, 7 (Live Math classes and PLATO with IA support).
Period 5 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Period 6 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Period 7 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Friday:
  • Teacher will host one Zoom meeting in the morning for explicit SEL instruction and / or support / RTI / small group / office hours / extension activities / Q&A sessions, etc.

FOCUS Day Schedule (FAP)

Monday - Thursday
Period 1 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (Community Circle / SEL)
Period 2 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Academics)
Period 3 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Small Group / One-on-one)
Period 4 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Academics)
 
Friday
  • Teacher may host Zoom meeting in the morning for explicit SEL instruction and / or support / RTI / small group / office hours / extension activities / Q&A sessions, etc. 

FOCUS Classrooms

  • Students serviced through FOCUS classrooms will follow the schedule for their Gen Ed classroom when on Phase I, II and III. Support Staff and teachers will join Zoom meetings and help with resource / small group support. 

On-site Learning Guidelines

The HSE Schools' Four-Phase Reopening Plan will be followed by all students and staff, however, there are certain additional precautions that may be put into place for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 Plans.

Face Coverings
All students are required to follow the HSE Schools' Reopening Plan guidelines. In the event that a student may not be able to wear a mask in accordance with the guidelines set forth by HSE Schools, parents will need to determine with their healthcare provider if their student is able to attend school on-site. If not, virtual learning should be considered.
  • If the student is able to attend school, but sometimes may not be able to wear a mask, the following steps should be taken:
  • Discuss the situation with your healthcare provider and share their recommendation on why the student is unable to wear a face covering with building staff.
  • Determine if a face shield is a better alternative for the student. 
  • If the student is not able to wear a face covering or shield due to their disability and/or health condition, the building team will need to hold a Case Conference Committee meeting / 504 Plan to determine what accommodations or strategies need to be put in the student's IEP or 504 Plan. This revision will need to take place prior to the student attending school. 
  • If a student does not have a medical reason and is not able to be compliant with wearing a face covering, the Case Conference Committee will determine if the student is in need of social stories, practice sessions to desensitize them to wearing a face covering or a specific behavior intervention plan regarding the wearing of a face covering. 

Case conference committee / 504 Meetings

  • Any meeting with teachers and staff will be held virtually or via teleconferencing, if possible.
  • If a parent does need to meet face-to-face with teachers and staff, all participants will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Families will need to follow building safety protocols when entering a school. 

Resource programs and therapies

  • Services will continue to the fullest extent possible in the general education classroom.
  • For services provided outside of the general education classroom, students will be grouped with their current cohort group to the fullest extent possible.
  • All teachers and staff working with individual or small groups of students will be required to wear a face covering. 

Community-based outings and study trips

  • Students will continue to participate in community-based outings and study trips, the student's IEP will need to be revised to reflect this change. 
  • Teachers will develop an alternative lessons for students who do not attend outings or study trips. 

Transition students / internships / jobs

  • Students will continue to participate in transition activities, internships and jobs, as long as health and safety protocols can be followed.
  • The school will make contact with the student's place of employment to be aware of their COVID procedures and what protections are required of employees. 
  • Students may continue with their jobs if employers are allowing. If parents do not agree with continued participation, the student's IEP will need to be revised to reflect the change in services.
  • Bus cleaning protocols will be followed.  

Extended school year services (ESY)

  • Students currently participating in Extended School Year (ESY) services virtually will continue to do so.
  • Transition ESY services and any ESY in-person services may begin on July 20, 2020. Families should work with their current Teacher of Record for questions.
  • Teachers and staff must wear PPE when working with students.
  • Students are expected to wear a face covering in the hallways, restrooms, common areas and while entering and exiting the building.
  • All surfaces and materials will be cleaned.
  • Students will not share classroom materials.
  • Social distancing guidelinelines will be followed if students are attending ESY with a group. 

Program class updates and precautions (FAP, LIFESKILLS, CFL, FIATS)

  • Students who participate as a high school peer tutor will be asked to wear a face covering.
  • Instructional assistants and teachers will wear a face covering or a shield at all times.
  • High school teachers will rotate to the different classrooms, while students will remain in one room as much as possible.
  • Outdoor learning opportunities will be utilized. 

Sensory room protocols

  • Items that are not easily cleaned will be removed (i.e. upholstered furniture, pillows, bean bags, etc.)
  • It is recommended that each student have their own basket of sensory items. 

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