All On-Campus adaptations are applicable during Remote Learning and will continue through the reopening of our campuses. Although personnel are on site and regular maintenance and operations activity is ongoing, the date campuses will reopen for in-person learning has not been determined.
Exceptional Student Education Playbook
Professional Development for teachers, paraprofessionals, ESE department chairs, and student support facilitators
The ESE Department engaged teachers, paraprofessionals, and SSFs in interactive professional development to strengthen their capacity in remote learning and face-to-face in the following areas:
• Instructional practices and compliance within a remote learning and face-to-face environment
• Implementing Social Emotional Learning and Behavior Strategies in a remote learning and face-to-face environment
Face-to-face Instructional Experience
• Students returning to face-to-face instruction will participate in our district’s hybrid model where students will participate in remote learning or face-to-face instruction simultaneously. Examples of this model are:
• In a co-taught or collaborative class, the General education teacher and special education teacher will use technology and classroom tools to engage both students who are face-to face and students learning remotely while implementing various co-teaching models (ie. parallel teaching, team teaching, or alternative teaching)
• Students in face-to-face classrooms will participate in instruction through a blended approach by using their technology and classroom tools & students who are remote will participate on their devices
• Both teachers should collaborate and ensure that students’ accommodations are implemented during this time
• In a special education program classroom, the special education teacher and their instructional paraprofessional(s) will engage students using classroom tools and technology tools
• Instructional paraprofessional is assisting students within the face-to-face classroom while the teacher is supporting students who are remote and when the teacher is supporting students in the face-to-face classroom, the paraprofessional will assist student who are remote
• Students in the face-to-face classroom are participating through a blended approach by using their technology and classroom tools and students who are remote will participate on their device.
• Both the teacher and paraprofessional should collaborate and ensure that students’ accommodations are implemented during this time.
• Once students return to face-to-face instruction and have an opportunity to become comfortable with the new routines and procedures, IEP teams will use data to determine if students exhibit gaps that remain beyond the delays of non-disabled students and make any instructional adjustments within the classroom and the student’s IEP
Remote Learning Instructional Experience
• For families of students with disabilities who elect the Remote Learning option, IEP teams will meet to discuss IEP services and develop an Individual Remote Learning Plan that will outline the supports and services that the student will receive through this elected option. The Remote Learning Plan is not meant to replace the student’s IEP. Students will participate in a blended instructional model of direct instruction and independent practice that is aligned with the Henry County Teaching and Learning Standards or Henry County Alternate Teaching and Learning Standards (adapted curriculum) and designed to address IEP goals and objectives
• Students will receive instruction remotely through Google Classroom Platform
• Behavior supports and social skills for students will also be offered remotely
• Transition goals will be addressed during remote learning
• Although the greatest attempt will be made, the district cannot guarantee that all classes, programs, services, and supports will be available in a remote learning environment. Please note that a parent’s choice to opt-in to Remote Learning may result in decreased or altered special education supports and services.
Speech and Related Services Remotely
Henry County Schools will provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy services via high resolution live video conferencing known as Teletherapy. Teletherapy sessions are very similar to traditional therapy sessions with one major exception: instead of sitting in the same room, students and therapists interact via live video conferencing in a virtual environment. Research indicates teletherapy is equally as productive as face-to-face instruction.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is provided but the mode of therapy is changing:
Teletherapy can include:
• Typical therapy sessions via computer
• Programs/activities put on screen
• Virtually guided worksheet or activity
• Your child’s therapist will contact you to schedule therapy sessions
• You should receive information in your email for the session’s time
Parents and Families Supports
Live Support for Parents and Families
The ESE Department is offering remote learning support to parents! There are two options of support to choose from to best meet your needs! Please select the link that is most appropriate to your needs to access this wonderful opportunity!
Henry Family Connections Resource Library
Henry County Schools considers our families partners in education and have created a Remote Learning Resource Library to support parents and families with implementing remote learning. All of the divisions in HCS have created a collection of resources to include mini help sessions videos, educational resources, outreach, and more to foster a positive remote learning experience for families.
The Exceptional Student Education Department has developed resources for our Parents of students with disabilities such as “Mini Help Session” videos on instructional supports and strategies such as how to ensure your child receives their IEP accommodations, Social-Emotional Learning and behavior supports such as how to set-up a calm down space at home and how to implement a visual schedule. To access the Family Connections Resource Library, please visit https://sites.google.com/henry.k12.ga.us/familyconnectresourcelibrary.
How we are adapting Exceptional Student Education...
The Exceptional Student Education Department is committed to providing the students of Henry County with a positive learning environment. As families, prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the below briefing provides an overview of what to expect in the Remote Learning option.
Instructional Supports and Services
• Students will receive synchronous instruction and/or asynchronous instruction designed to address IEP goals and objectives
• For families of students with disabilities who elect the Remote Learning option, IEP teams will meet to discuss IEP services and develop an Individual Remote Learning Plan that will outline the supports and services that the student will receive through this elected option. The Remote Learning Plan is not meant to replace the student’s IEP.
• Students that receive speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairment, and/or Orthopedic Impairment services will receive these services as indicated in the IEP to the extent possible
• Students will have an Exceptional Student Education Case Manager assigned to them who will continue to provide support
Supports & Services
IEP supports/services will continue to be provided to the greatest extent possible and adapted to the Remote Learning Environment . Some of those supports and services are, but are not limited to:
• Evaluations (Initial and Reevaluations)
• Teletherapy (Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.)
• Assistive Technology
• Consultative Behavior Supports provided by district staff
• Progress monitoring of IEP Goals and Objectives
• Virtual IEP Meetings
How will Remote Learning look different?
• If the district resumes face-to-face instruction and a family of a student with a disability chooses to voluntarily enroll their child into Remote Learning, an IEP meeting will be held to address instructional supports and services in the remote learning environment.
• Although the greatest attempt will be made, the district can not guarantee that all classes, programs, services, and supports will be available in a remote learning environment. Please note that a parent’s choice to opt-in to Remote Learning may result in decreased or altered special education supports and services.
Hospital Homebound Services
• Hospital Homebound Services(HHB) are different from Remote Learning and will continue to be provided as detailed in the student’s IEP and as students are determined eligible for HHB.
• Hospital Homebound Services will be provided face-to-face or virtually based on local and state health guidelines.