Hello Families! April 24, 2020
Hello from Ms. McDermott and Ms. Williams in Room 11!
We have enjoyed connecting to more students this week and hope to see even more of you next week!
We hope you were able to receive your room 11 packet. If not, please email us and let us know. Packet distribution is a new process, and we’re all learning how to make it better every day.
Toward the end of last week, we received information from the Oregon Department of Education giving direction about how to implement IEPs while Distance Learning for All is happening. Long story short, we need to implement them “as written” with regards to the amount of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI or services) kids receive. However, they expanded the ways we can provide the services. Our goal is still to provide as much access to the regular classroom curriculum, so that can now count as SDI. This way, for any of you who are feeling like you have a good system and it’s working, we do not need to make any changes. For this reason, we have not provided a new Room 11 packet for this week.
And yet, we know that not all of our students are going to access that material. As a special ed team, we will be consulting with the regular education teams to make materials as accessible as possible, AND we’ll provide alternatives where appropriate. Additionally, we know some of you are real “go-getters” and would like to do all the regular classroom work and the work from room 11. If you would like more work for your child, please let us know and we’ll set you up. We can set you up as a pseudo-IA to provide more instruction for your child. We want to do this cautiously so we do not overwhelm students, but we also know some kids/parents are ready!
Finally, we are still working through ways to provide social skills instruction to those students who have that service. It’s a bit tricky to practice skills for socialization when socializing is the very thing we’ve been asked to not do. However, I think we can do some Google Meets sessions and talk about strategies for managing emotions. This would be in addition to the great work being done by Ms. Miranda & Ms. Darcey for those who are ready for more.
Remember, you can login to the Office Hours class and leave messages or schedule time to meet with a teacher. Some of you have done this and we’re happy to help!
Ms. McDermott and Ms. Williams
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