As schools around the country plan to go online, parents of children in special education classrooms might feel a little left out. Plans are certainly being made for the typical classrooms, but what about the special education classrooms? If you’re concerned, there are certainly a few steps you can take.
Talk to a Teacher or Coordinator
Though plans are in flux around the country, it’s still a good idea to reach out to your school’s special education teachers for an update about how classes will work. While there’s a good chance they won’t be sure quite yet, you should still attempt to get what information you can. These teachers can and should be your first source for information about the new year.
Look at Other Plans
If your district doesn’t have plans in place, start looking for how other schools are handling the problems related with going back to school. Looking at online schools that cater to special education students is always a good idea, as is looking at how some districts handled the classes last semester. While this process may feel new to you, it’s one that others have been successfully working on for years.
Call an IEP Meeting
Finally, exercise your right to call an IEP meeting for the new school year. Even if it’s remote, it’s going to get you in contact with the most important people related to your child’s education. This will be your chance to figure out not only what’s planned, but how the professionals in your child’s school are putting systems into place to help your child.