Guide to Special Education Services
Posted on 03/27/2020

The below was posted on March 27, 2020.

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward with a Learning@Home platform in GCISD for the duration of the school closure during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Your child’s health and social/emotional welfare are important to us.

GCISD’s Special Services Department is working hard to ensure your child is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education(FAPE) during the temporary closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that we will be making every effort to provide special education and related services to your child in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP) using an online learning platform.

Through guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), at the U.S. Department of Education, GCISD’s Special Services Department is working to provide appropriate support for students to make progress in the curriculum and in their IEP/goals/objectives while schools are temporarily closed. We are examining each student’s IEP to determine how best to proceed during this unprecedented temporary school closure. Many services can be provided online, including specially-designed instruction. For some students, no revisions to the IEP are necessary; however, for others, revisions may be needed. You will receive communication from your child’s special education teacher, diagnostician, and/or speech/language pathologist.

Online instruction will include modifications and accommodations as related to your child’s current needs. Your child’s special education teacher will work with classroom teachers to ensure instructional materials and resources are appropriate and modified when necessary. Instructional staff who provide services to our students with disabilities will make every effort to deliver services indicated in each student’s IEP utilizing the district’s available platforms. Your child’s case manager will be communicating with you via telephone, email, and/or an online portal to check on your child’s progress and offer assistance as needed. Our goal is to make the transition from face-to-face instruction to virtual learning as seamless as possible.

ARD meetings, that need to be held during the time of school closure, will be held through video or telephonic conferencing. Your child’s special education teacher or diagnostician will reach out to you to determine the best mode of communication for your student’s ARD meeting.

Please reach out to your child’s special education teacher and/or diagnostician if you have any concerns. In addition, once our campuses open, your child’s IEP will return to full implementation.