Dear Parents and Guardians,
After a unique few months, we are excited to continue working with your children to help them make progress in their educational programs during the 2020-2021 school year. The mandated closures of schools in the spring could have resulted in losses of previously attained skills for all of our learners, including those with disabilities. Therefore, your child’s special education team has been hard at work since September 8, 2020 to gather baseline data on Individual Education Program (IEP) goals and provide instruction to help your child’s IEP team determine the extent of any skill loss and the rate at which your child is recouping those skills. This recoupment instruction, along with new skill instruction is well underway. IEP teams will continue to collect data through December 8, 2020 and will reconvene as soon as possible following this date to review the information.
When determining if students are eligible for COVID Compensatory Services (CCS), teams will consider a variety of factors. Teams will determine whether the student recouped the lost skills and has made meaningful progress. If a student is continuing to evidence a loss of skills and/or behaviors or is failing to make progress, then the IEP team will determine whether, and to what extent, the student needs CCS. CCS will be in addition to, not in place of, the student's current IEP services.
We look forward to discussing your child’s educational data at an upcoming IEP meeting. District staff will be in touch to schedule these meetings in the coming months.
We will also be hosting a general Question and Answer session on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom to discuss CCS. Please RSVP if interested in attending and you will receive an email with the link to participate.
If you have any questions, please contact Kendall Warren, Supervisor of Elementary Special Education; Shannon Brown, Supervisor of Secondary Special Education; or Dr. Leah Reider, Director of Pupil Services.
Dr. Leah Reider
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
Director of Pupil Services