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    Special Education Services Update
    Posted on 11/24/2020

    Special Education Services Update

    The expectation for school year 2020-2021, in response to Federal guidance and State guidance, is that students who receive special education services must have their Individual Education Programs (IEP's) implemented fully. For a few students, IEP teams have determined that to make meaningful progress on IEP goals, specific special education services need to take place in-person during remote learning. Close to 100 SPS students have been identified for these services. We are currently serving up to 40 students in a variety of in-person settings and increasing the number of students served each week.

    Preparation for In-person Special Education Services

    In partnership with SEA, staff have created strong systems and protocols to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and families across all our schools. In the summer of 2020, Seattle Public Schools partnered with Seattle Education Association to develop a joint Memorandum of Understanding that provides clarity to families and staff and ensures adherence to safety guidelines. As Public Health, Labor & Industry or other government agencies have provided new health guidance, SPS has reviewed our protocols, training, and materials to ensure we are upholding the values and commitments outlined in the MOU.

    Before in-person services could begin, all service providers, case managers, and staff identified to provide services received training in the required Health and Safety procedures. The protocols listed below are the procedures, guidance, and attestation information necessary for families, staff members and building leaders to deliver in-person special education services and related supports.

    These protocols have been carefully developed by the SPS Health Services team in coordination with Public Health and Labor and Industry and align with the SPS/SEA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):

    Seattle Public School has also equipped staff with the highest level of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in support of our shared value around staff and student safety.

    While Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of expanded restrictions that began Monday, November 16 at this time K-12 education and childcare are exempt.

    Seattle Public Schools will continue to phase in-person special education services for our students and respond to any new guidance from the Governor of Washington, OSPI and King County Public Health as necessary.