As the school year begins, children all over the region will be adjusting to online classes. While this will be a tough change for many, it’s going to be even harder for those who receive special education services of any type. If your student typically receives modifications or accommodations, it’s vital that you begin discussing how that will work while going online.
Refer to the IEP
It’s always important to start by referring to the IEP to figure out your next steps. There are certainly things that won’t be able to be done; of course – your child’s seating needs don’t matter in an online space, and the ability to get an aid to your home might not be realistic. You should, however, still remember that this is a legally binding document and that your child has specific educational rights. It may be difficult for the school to provide what your child needs, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible.
It’s also wise to remember that while the schools have certain responsibilities to your child, the ways that those responsibilities will be implemented will require some flexibility. Assignment modifications might not be something you need to worry about as a parent, but it might be up to you to work on things like figuring out when breaks are necessary. Don’t be afraid to work with the school to find solutions that work for your child.