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Exceptional Learners


Virtual Learning

The Department of Exceptional Learners has established guidelines that includes avenues to maintain a process from their student's Teacher of Record 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 Operations Plan. 

A virtual instruction plan will be developed in collaboration with families via a case conference. This plan will be implemented in times of virtual instruction. In the event virtual services / therapies are not feasible or are unavailable, compensatory services / therapies will be considered by the case conference committee. 

Resource Programs, FOCUS Classrooms and Therapies

  • Resource services will be provided via on-site or virtually 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 on-site or virtually that may include individuals or small groups.
  • Homebound services will continue to be provided virtually or on-site in conjunction with HSE Schools Operations Plan.  

FAP, Lifeskills, CFL, FIATS (K- 12), 12+, Transitional Program, FOCUS Day

  • When teachers are working in the building, we recommend students that participate in these programs will be provided the opportunity to participate in in-person instruction when the student’s grade-level is participating in virtual instruction. 
  • Your student’s TOR will collaborate with you to determine the schedule for in-person during the virtual instruction time for their grade level.
  • In the event teachers are not able to access the building to meet with students in-person, the student’s virtual learning plan will be implemented.
In-person Learning
The HSE Schools Operations 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 Operations Plan. 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. 
For situations that fall outside of the two examples listed above, building administrators will work with the Department of Exceptional Learners to determine what steps need to be taken. 

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, FOCUS Classrooms 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. 
  • Social distancing will take place as much as possible. 

Community-based Outings and Study Trips

  • Students will continue to participate in community-based outings and study trips, as long as health and safety protocols can be followed.
  • If parents are uncomfortable with community-based outings or 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. 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.