Updated: Oct 11, 2020
By Julia H. Sullivan, Esq. and Erin O. Roma, MSW
The Savannah-Chatham County School District (SCCPSS) has developed a Distance Learning Plan form for IEP teams to use in developing plans while the school district is using a distance learning model.
You can review the form here:
To highlight some of the questions and concerns this form raises and to assist parents in preparing for and thinking about how to approach the development of their child’s Distance Learning Plan, we have reproduced certain portions of the form here.
Please keep in mind that this feedback consists of general observations and suggestions. Each student’s situation is unique, so every possible question that might apply cannot be outlined here. This is only to support and guide parents as they work with their child’s school team.
SCCPSS Distance Learning Plan
* Not exact replica *
Summary only to assist parents in preparing for their Distance Learning Plan IEP Meeting.
We believe that, in addition to the above, there is more information to consider.
Questions to consider:
How will the team account for changing and updating Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFPs)? How will that information be included in the Distance Learning Plan?
For PLAAFPs that are based on any standardized testing not completed in the Spring, how will these be considered and updated?
Will the meeting minutes be kept in the Distance Learning document itself? If not, how will these minutes be kept as a part of the student’s record?
Where will Parent Concerns be outlined? This is important to include especially in the event that a disagreement arises between team members regarding aspects of the Distance Learning Plan.
We are pleased that SCCPSS are creating and utilizing tools like the Distance Learning Plan for this year. However, with less than a week until school begins, there are thousands of students with disabilities throughout the district who do not yet have a Distance Learning Plan in place.
If you are finding it difficult to meaningfully participate in the development of your child’s Distance Learning Plan or have further questions, please feel free to contact us. Through advocacy or legal representation, we may be able to help.
* Julia H. Sullivan is an attorney based in Savannah, Georgia at The Sullivan Law Firm, who works with and provides legal representation to families of students with IEPS and/or 504 plans.
* Erin Roma is a non-attorney Special Education Advocate at The Sullivan Law Firm.
** This statement does not constitute legal advice and may not be relied upon by anyone for any purpose and does not constitute an attorney/client relationship or an offer to form such a relationship. This statement is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information.**