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Special Education

Special Education

Sherri Markiw
Special Education Director
570 297 8755
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Elizabeth Woolf
Special Education Secretary
570-297-2730
570-297-8754
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Fax Number
570-297-1621 
Annual Notices
 

Superintendent Special Education Letter 3/31/2020

 
 

March 31, 2020 

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s closure order the Troy Area School District will continue to be closed until further notice. The Troy Area School District will be providing continuity of education during this time of closure. Beginning on March 31, 2020 the following steps will be taken and may be revised based on further information received from Governor Tom Wolf, PA Department of Education, US Department of Education, and the Board of Education.  

You and your child continue to have the rights regarding a free appropriate public education provided to you under federal law.  For more information about those rights, including your right to dispute these proposed changes, view the Notice of Procedural Safeguards on our Website at https://www.troyareasd.org/ 

  • Special Education services / programming - Gifted Education: 
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) - Gifted Education Programs (GIEPs) 
  • As of March 31, 2020, IEPs / GIEPs will be completed in accordance with due dates. Your child’s case manager will contact a parent / guardian to arrange a phone conference.  
  • Those IEPs / GIEPs that were due to be reviewed during the initial school closure will be completed in a timely manner. Your child’s case manager will be reaching out to you to review with you.  
  • If you would like to meet as an IEP team upon the return to school, we can certainly do so. Please let your case manager know of your request. 

  • Re-evaluation Reports (RRs) 
  • RRs not in need of additional data will be completed in accordance with due dates. 
  • RRs in need of additional data will include the recommendation that additional data is needed with a Permission to Re-evaluate (PTR) to be issued upon the end of the mandated closure. 
  • RRs that included a PTR, will be completed with the recommendation that additional data is needed with an additional PTR to be issued upon the end of the mandated closure. 
  • Your child’s case manager will contact a parent / guardian to arrange a phone conference. 
  • Those RRs that were due to be reviewed during the initial school closure will be completed in a timely manner. 

  • Initial Evaluation Reports (ERs) 

  • ERs that have gathered sufficient data to assist in determining a student’s eligibility for special education programming / services under IDEA will be completed with the appropriate recommendation. 
  • ERs that do not have sufficient data will remain open. Data collection will resume upon the end of the mandated closure. 

  • Related Services: 
  • The Speech and Language Support Teacher will contact a parent / guardian to arrange programming exercises / activities to assist in maintenance of skills. This can be done virtually during the school closure. 
  • If a parent / guardian does not agree to virtual SLP services, the TASD will offer the accumulation of the SLP related service hours during Extended School Year. 
  • The accumulation of Occupational, Physical, Hearing, Vision and O&M, related service hours will all be provided during Extended School Year and/or when the school closure ends.
  • Chapter 15 Section 504 Service Agreements: 
  • Accommodations will continue to be provided as outlined in current 504 Service Agreements. 
  • Service Agreement revisions will continue in accordance with timelines. The special education director or principal will contact a parent / guardian to arrange a phone conference. 

  • English Language Development (EDL) / English as a Second Language (ESL) Services: 
  • The ESL Instructor will contact a parent / guardian to arrange virtual and/or materials to continue to assist in English acquisition/development. 
  • Parents denying ELD services will need to sign the “English Language?Development?Parental Waiver Form.”  

 

The Troy Area School District is very proud of the continued work and flexibility of the faculty and staff. The district is confident that we can all work together and do whatever we can to provide services for you and your child to the best of our abilities under these historic circumstances. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Amy Martell, Superintendent 

 

 

Superintendent Special Education Letter 3/30/2020

 
 
 
March 30, 2020
 
Dear Parent/Guardian
 
We are currently closed for all students in accordance with Governor Wolf’s school closure order. As it appears the pandemic-related closure will continue longer than first expected, we will be implementing an interim plan to provide virtual education to all students until the order is lifted.
 
This letter is to advise about planned changes and provision of a virtual free appropriate public education for your child, consistent with guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education affording public schools “flexibility” in these unique circumstances. You and your child continue to have the rights regarding a free appropriate public education provided to you under federal law. For more information about those rights, including your right to dispute these proposed changes, view the Notice of Procedural Safeguards on our Website at https://www.troyareasd.org/
 
The School District plans to initiate temporary, pandemic related changes to your child’s educational program and placement. Specifically, the School District proposes to initiate virtual special education and related services. These changes are temporary and will not change or affect the programming specified in your child’s current IEP. That programming will be in place once schools reopen.
 
We will send timing and logistical information about accessing virtual special education and related services for your child separately. This education and these related services will be based on your child’s needs as much as possible, given the limitations of the virtual platform.
 
Your child’s teachers, therapists and counselors, as applicable, will contact you about scheduling instruction and services. Group instruction will be recorded and will be available at alternate time if live instruction occurs at a time during which you or your child is unavailable.
 
In the coming weeks, we will meet individually with every child’s parent, through telephone or internet-based conferencing. These meetings will enable us to better tailor your child’s virtual education, to the extent we are able, as we all learn more about your child’s experience with this new learning experience. You should also feel free to contact your child’s special education teacher if you are having difficulties accessing virtual learning.
 
Your child’s virtual program will include participation in any virtual regular education course work in subjects for which your child participates in the general curriculum. The regular education subjects in which your child participates are outlined in Section VII of his or her current IEP. Information concerning regular education coursework will be shared with all families separately.
 
We recognize that some students will not be able to participate fully in, or will gain only limited benefit from, these virtual programs and services. Once the school reopens, we will resume your child’s educational program and placement as described in his or her IEP, and we will be discussing at IEP team meetings whether your child might require additional programming or services to address any learning problems the period of school closure might have caused.
 
We believe—and trust that you do too—that this experiment with virtual learning will prove better for all children in the present circumstances than doing nothing. We anticipate encountering difficulties with this roll-out, although just what difficulties remains to be seen. As such, your understanding, cooperation, and assistance is critical keep us all moving in a positive trajectory.
 
We are proud of our professional support personnel. We are confident that they will all work together with you to get your child through this pandemic and all it involves as best as we can in the circumstances.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Amy Martell, Superintendent 
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