Special Education

  • Elementary Online Learning FAQ for Parents

    Elementary In-Person Learning FAQ for Parents

    Secondary Online and In-Person Leaerning FAQ for Parents

    CPS Special Education, Section 504, and CPSElementary@Mizzou (Elementary Online Learning)

    If my child has an IEP, can my student still enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou? 

    Yes, all students have the following options:

    • CPSElementary@Mizzou
    • In-Person Learning 

    If I choose to enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou, how will my child receive their special education services?

    All students eligible for special education services have the option to come to the building to receive their special education services, receive their special education services remotely or a combination of both.  For example: a parent may choose for their child to receive reading services remotely, but bring their child in for physical therapy.

    If I choose CPSElementary@Mizzou and also choose for my student to receive their special education services in-person in their building, will my child be provided transportation?

    No, all students participating in CPSElementary@Mizzou would be required to provide their own transportation should they decide to access their special education services including speech/language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. and/or building activities. 

    When will my child’s services be provided?

    All services will be provided during the regular school day.  A student’s specific schedule will be developed by and communicated through the special education teacher and/or specialist assigned to deliver the specific service.

    What if my child is in a district special education classroom where the curriculum is based on alternative learning standards (MAP-A) and/or significantly modified to meet his/her educational needs?

    This summer, coordinators and educators are developing distance learning curriculum to support students should the building and/or district close due to health department guidelines.  Parents of students who access alternative learning standards could opt into this CPS distance learning option as an alternative to CPSElementary@Mizzou.   

    •   What will this distance learning look like:

    o   Will there be scheduled times all students in the classroom will be expected to Zoom in?

    Yes, there is the expectation that students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of the pre-planned lessons. Additionally, there will be assigned daily online times the special education teacher will meet with students to work on skills specific to the student’s IEP goals. These times will be pre-arranged with the family and could be individual or in a small group setting. All special education and related services will be provided during the typical school day.  

    o   What if we need a more flexible schedule and can not Zoom in at the designated time?

    Lessons are pre-planned and scheduled for specific times of the day. If you are concerned about a pre-planned schedule, contact your student’s special education teacher to problem-solve. 

    o   Could my child still have access to the general education classroom?

    Students enrolled in distance learning will not have access to the general education classroom; however, students will have access to PE, Art and Music through online courses. A CPS teacher will be available for questions and troubleshooting. In addition, the school media specialist will also be available to assist families with online tools and resources. We are happy to work with families to discuss this further.

    Will my child’s IEP need to be amended if I choose remote learning?

    Yes, when CPS teachers return to work in August, your child’s case manager will contact you to discuss amending the IEP.

    Will my child receive the same amount of services if I choose remote learning?

    While these decisions are made by the IEP team, the amount and frequency of specific services  may need revision to provide Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in a remote learning environment.

    If my child has a 504, can my student still enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou? 

    Yes, all students have the following options.

    • CPSElementary@Mizzou
    • In-Person Learning 

    If I choose to enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou, will my child receive accommodations? 

    Yes, Section 504 students are eligible to receive 504 FAPE plan accommodations that are determined by the team. 

    If I choose to enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou, can I make a 504 referral for initial evaluation?

    Yes, CPS will follow the U.S. Department of Education evaluation process for initial evaluations. 

    If I choose to enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou, can the 504 FAPE Plan be updated or revised?
    Yes,the 504 FAPE Plan can be revised via email, via phone, via Zoom or in-person with the 504 team, which consists of  parents, teachers, 504 coordinators and any other staff members.

     

    CPS Special Education in Elementary In-Person Classes

    How will my student’s IEP services be delivered?

    Given current health department guidelines for August, we plan to implement each in-person student’s IEP as written, i.e., if the student’s services were written for the special education environment, we will pull to that setting.  If services are written for the regular education environment, we will push in and provide services in the student’s regular education classroom.  If the student is in a district classroom and is to join his/her regular education peers for a specific subject, the student may attend.  Safety precautions will be taken between groups of students coming in and out of the special education setting.  Should health department guidelines change, we may need to adjust these practices; however, all potential changes will be discussed with the parent/guardian.

    If CPS has to close my student’s school or the entire district because of health concerns, will my student continue to receive special education services?

    Yes, while the amount and location of services may need to adjust based on the need for remote instruction, your student will continue to receive all services identified in their IEP.  New learning will occur even in the distance learning environment.  Additionally, your student will continue to receive appropriate accommodations relevant to his/her distance learning environment.

    Can I still refer my child for special education testing?

    Yes.  No changes are being made to the evaluation process.  If formal assessment is needed, the student will be pulled to a testing environment.  Safety precautions will be taken to ensure a sanitized environment before and after the testing session.

     

    Special Education, Section 504, and CPS Virtual (Secondary Online) 

    My child has a 504. Is the CPS Virtual option still an option for them? 

    Every child’s 504 is individualized. 504 accommodations will be met for all plans, even if those require some limited access to the school campus, if  possible. The 504 team will review plans early in the school year.

    My child has an IEP. Is CPS Virtual still an option for them?

    Yes, a guardian can elect CPS Virtual for any special education student.

    When will my child’s services be provided?

    All services will be provided during the regular school day.  A parent can elect to have their student access the instruction virtually via the assigned CPS Virtual course specialist and/or bring their student into the building for their services during their scheduled special education class(es).  Additionally, a parent could elect for their child to receive their related services, i.e., speech-language, physical therapy, occupational therapy, via teletherapy and/or bring their child in for in-person instruction with the therapist.

    If I choose CPS Virtual and also choose for my student to receive their special education services in-person in their building, will my child be provided transportation?

    No, all students participating in CPS Virtual learning would be required to provide their own transportation should they decide to access their special education services including speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. and/or building activities. 

    What if my child is in a district special education classroom where the curriculum is based on alternative learning standards (MAP-A) and/or significantly modified to meet his/her educational needs?

    This summer, coordinators and educators are developing distance learning curricula to support students should the building and/or district close due to health department guidelines.  Parents of students who access alternative learning standards could opt into this CPS distance learning option as an alternative to CPS Virtual classes.

    •   What will this distance learning look like:

    o   Will there be scheduled times all students in the classroom will be expected to Zoom in?

    Yes, there is the expectation that students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of the pre-planned lessons. Additionally, there will be assigned daily online times the special education teacher will meet with students to work on skills specific to the student’s IEP goals. These times will be pre-arranged with the family and could be individual or in a small group setting. All special education and related services will be provided during the typical school day.  

    o   What if we need a more flexible schedule and can not Zoom in at the designated time?

    Lessons are pre-planned and scheduled for specific times of the day. If you are concerned about a pre-planned schedule, contact your student’s special education teacher to problem-solve. 

    o   Could my child still have access to the general education classroom?

    All special education students will continue to have access to all available online general education courses as appropriate.  A CPS teacher will be available for questions and troubleshooting. In addition, the school media specialist will also be available to assist families with online tools and resources. We are happy to work with families to discuss this further.

    Will my child’s IEP need to be amended if I choose remote learning?
    Yes, when CPS teachers return to work in August, your child’s case manager will contact you to discuss amending the IEP.

    Will my child receive the same amount of services if I choose remote learning?
    While these decisions are made by the IEP team, the amount and frequency of specific services  may need revision to provide Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in a remote learning environment.

     

    Early Childhood Special Education

    Arrival and dismissal

    Preschoolers will continue to be escorted to their classroom by ECSE staff.  Parents should wait in the lobby for staff.  School personnel may opt to increase the number of entrances used during arrival and dismissal and stagger arrival/dismissal times. These decisions will be made on a school-by-school basis, and principals will communicate these plans with families prior to the start of school in August.

    What will be the procedures for snack time?

    Snacks will be eaten inside of the classrooms like we have always done. We will continue  to use our cleaning protocol before and after snack.

    What will be the procedures for recess?

    We understand how important recess time is for all children. Classrooms will visit the playground on a schedule that limits interaction between different classrooms. Consequently, recess times will be spread out throughout the school day.  There will be protocols put in place during outside time.  These protocols will include cleaning processes and expectations.  Individual buildings will communicate changes to parents. 

    What will Adaptive PE (APE) look like for preschoolers?

    We will begin the year by keeping preschool students in their homeroom classes for special classes.  In this model, the APE teacher will visit classrooms to deliver instruction.  This will allow us to maintain stable grouping in a room and it will allow us to easily track who comes into contact with each classroom. 

    Will preschoolers be stuck in the classroom all day?

    It is our intent to keep them in a stable group as much as possible while at school.  There will be a plan for bathrooms, hallways, etc.  

    How will you track contacts in preschool rooms and in the building?

    There will be a clipboard outside of every room so that we can track who is in and out of rooms.  The same will be done with employees that enter the building.  We will know who comes in contact with whom should a positive COVID case be reported.  

    Will preschool parents and visitors be allowed in the building?

    At the beginning of the year, we will not allow parents and visitors into the building.  We want to be very proactive in ensuring a tight system of tracing as we re-open. We will continue to monitor and should the environment and/or recommendations from our health partners change, we will loosen restrictions.  We prefer to start with tight guidelines and slowly loosen as it becomes safe to do so. 

    Evaluations for ECSE eligibility will occur by appointment and will be allowed entry to the building only at their scheduled time.  To limit the number of people in the building we request that only one person accompany the child who is being evaluated.  We also request that only parents attend meetings in the building when possible.   

    Will preschool special education students be pulled out of the room for minutes?

    At this time, we plan to either pull kids out for instruction, or teachers will join classrooms to ensure students receive minutes for services.  This may adapt as we follow health guidelines, but we will ensure minutes are served.   ECSE will strive to maintain stable groups at all times.

    Will social distancing happen in all preschool settings?

    We will do our best to maintain social distancing when students are not within their stable groups (i.e. walking in hallways, sitting in lines, etc).  Inside classrooms, we know it will be difficult to keep children 6 feet away from one another, just as it will be difficult for teachers to support students from 6 feet away.  We will do our very best to maintain as much distance as is possible in the building.  Parents must understand that sending children to learn in-person will mean a risk in terms of our ability to guarantee social distancing at all times. We will also have information for talking with students about social distancing in our back to school information. 

    IEP teams will consider changes to services and/or placement on an individual basis.  District information, along with doctor recommendations, will be used to determine the most appropriate placement for services.  Placement may change during the school year due to individual needs. 

    Will preschoolers be required to wear a mask?

    At this time, students will not be mandated to wear masks.  Wearing a mask is a decision that is best made with families, teachers, and therapists as it may interfere with therapy.  IEP teams will consider all doctor and family requests to wear masks.

    Will teachers and staff be required to wear a mask?

    Protocols for this are currently being developed. 

    Will temperature checks be given to students?

    At this time, there is not a plan to give temperature checks on a regular basis or before entrance into the building.  If a child visits the nurse, temperature will be checked as needed.  The nursing department will have infra-red thermometers to use. If school-wide temperature checks become necessary, we will inform parents as soon as possible.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool student?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool teacher, staff member or school personnel?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a teacher becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    How will  preschool families be notified if their child is required to go home?

    Schools will be contacting all families before the start of school to gather multiple emergency contact numbers for this school year. It will be imperative that families pick up students immediately who are not feeling well.   We will need multiple WORKING numbers that will be used as emergency contacts.  Please make sure you update your child’s teacher when there is a change in either your contact or emergency contact numbers.

    What will be the protocol when a case is confirmed in the preschool?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    If the preschool is closed for cleaning, will students have an online day of learning?

    Yes.  If school needs to close due to a confirmed case for cleaning purposes, learning will continue.  In this case, students will move to the online platform with their classroom teacher and coursework will continue seamlessly.  In some cases with our youngest learners, work may be sent home, depending on when this closure occurs.  

    Will there be increased opportunities for handwashing and hand sanitizing around the preschool buildings?

    Building Services is currently in the process of installing additional hand sanitizing stations in each school building. Additionally, teachers will set a hand washing schedule for their individual classes.

    Will buses run as normal?

    ECSE will continue to transport students whose families are unable to provide transportation.  ECSE and Student Transportation of America will collaborate to maintain social distancing and appropriate length of bus rides.