Seattle Special Education PTSA
Special Education Information Related to the Extended Closure

FYI: Below is a message I posted on Facebook with additional info on IEP meetings

Dear Members,

As you probably know, SPS is now closed through April 24th as per order of the governor. Given that all students will be out of school, not just special ed kids, there is no provision for compensatory minutes.

However, under the COVID-19 Parents' Resource Guide published by OSPI: "Districts should be communicating with parents and guardians prior to, during, and after a school closure regarding their child’s IEP services. After an extended closure, districts are responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of
special education and related services to students eligible for special education services."

And, here is a link to info from the federal Department of Education on providing services to our kids during the coronavirus outbreak.

A number of you have asked about online learning, and I can tell you that this cannot happen at this point due to equity issues. Not all families have computers, much less internet service at home, so this is not an option at this point.

Seattle Council PTSA is putting together a list of teaching resources, and we will post a link when we have it.

Finally, here is another resource for parents, including a link with Special Ed info that was just updated today.

IEP meeting update from SPS:
Concerning any IEP meetings that have been scheduled for a date during the closure -"Communication will be sent to school employees and families regarding meeting IEP and evaluation timelines. We are in the process of receiving guidance from OSPI on next steps."

Please feel free to reach out to us, and we will do our best to answer any questions and provide relevant information as it becomes available.

In good health,
Daniela Hall
President, SSEPTSA

Seattle Special Education PTSA
4742 42nd Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116
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