Reentry Phase 1: Students With Disabilities

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  • School Reopening Update for Students with Disabilities

    On Nov. 5, 2020, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) initiated our phased return of Citywide students to in-person instruction. We originally planned to expand our population of students to in-person learning throughout the month of November.

    Given the upward trend data of positive COVID cases and increasing risk of transmission throughout the community based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making K-12 School Metrics in consultation with the Alexandria Health Department (AHD), the superintendent has recommended that ACPS delay our transition of students into in-person learning until January 2021. 

    As a result of these new factors, ACPS will not, at this time, return any Students with Disabilities to in-person learning as originally planned, including those scheduled for Nov. 30. Students who have already returned to in-person learning will return to virtual learning for the time being. 


  • Citywide Program Students With Disabilities (K-2)

    Citywide Program Students With Disabilities (3-5)

    Early Childhood Special Education students

    Special Education students receiving self-contained services in Language Arts and Math instruction (K-5)

    Students with Disabilities in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in the Citywide Special Education program who opt into in-person learning

    Parent Information: Special Education In-Person Instruction

     

    Citywide Program Students With Disabilities (K-2)


    This comprises Students with Disabilities in grades K-2 who receive their special education services in a specialized citywide program for autism (Aut), intellectual disabilities (ID), or social emotional learning (SEL) needs. There are approximately 60 students eligible to return in this phase of re-entry. These plans are contingent on staffing and building capacity. 

    Targeted Return Date: Nov. 5

    Location: ACPS determined one common or centrally located site would be utilized during this phase of reopening. Jefferson Houston PreK-8 IB School has been identified as the location. Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School was specifically designed to handle K-8 Special Education needs, therefore all the needed resources are already in place. The majority of these students are already familiar with the building as Extended School Year (ESY) programs are held at the school. One centralized location also allows for a pooling of key resources such as occupational and speech therapists needed to support this group. 

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): ACPS will provide reusable masks for all returning students and staff members. Disposable masks will be provided for all visitors (as needed). Additional PPE such as face shields, disposable gowns and disposable gloves will also be provided to specialized instruction citywide staff. Sneeze guards will be provided for student desks, and all desks will be distanced appropriately.

    Cleaning: An increased frequency of cleaning will occur at ACPS facilities. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms every 1.5 to two hours. The cleaning protocol will also include thoroughly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and ensuring that all supplies are fully stocked throughout the day. Additional custodial coverage during the day will be provided where appropriate.

    Transportation: Assigned seating will be used and students will be seated one per row, every other row. This will ensure students are seated in the same spot daily and are distanced to the greatest extent possible on the bus. Masks will be worn by all riding the bus. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses. Buses will be loaded from the back to the front in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they enter the bus. Buses will be unloaded from front to back in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they exit the bus.

    Meals: Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered to students using the appropriate safety measures.

    Learning Plans: Special Education teachers will develop lesson plans and activities related to students’ individual IEP goals, focusing on the areas of reading and math. Students will attend on a A/B half day schedule. All students will attend every day for three hours. Due to staffing limitations, they will receive staff support on a reduced level. This half day will include their related services and encore classes.
    Staffing: Special Education teachers and instructional assistants will staff classrooms. While these staff members have the appropriate certification, qualifications and experience to provide the instruction necessary to address students’ goals, the staff member assigned to a student’s classroom may not be the current case manager or teacher. The reentry will be supported by Student Support Teams (SST), including psychologists, nurses and other therapists.

     

    Citywide Program Students With Disabilities (3-5)


    This comprises Students with Disabilities in grades 3-5 who receive their special education services in a specialized citywide program for autism (Aut), intellectual disabilities (ID), multiple disabilities (MD) or social emotional learning (SEL) needs. There are approximately 55 students eligible to return in this phase of re-entry. A virtual learning model will also be offered  for those students who do not wish to return.These plans are contingent on staffing and building capacity. 

    Targeted Return Date: Nov. 17

    Location: ACPS determined one common or centrally located site would be utilized during this phase of reopening. Jefferson Houston PreK-8 IB School has been identified as the location. Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School was specifically designed to handle K-8 special Education needs, therefore all the needed resources are already in place. The majority of these students are already familiar with the building as Extended School Year (ESY) programs are held at the school. One centralized location also allows for a pooling of key resources such as occupational and speech therapists needed to support this group. 

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): ACPS will provide reusable masks for all returning students and staff members. Disposable masks will be provided for all visitors (as needed). Additional PPE such as face shields, disposable gowns and disposable gloves will also be provided to specialized instruction citywide staff. Sneeze guards will be provided for student desks, and all desks will be distanced appropriately.

    Cleaning: An increased frequency of cleaning will occur at ACPS facilities. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms every 1.5 to two hours. The cleaning protocol will also include thoroughly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and ensuring that all supplies are fully stocked throughout the day. Additional custodial coverage during the day will be provided where appropriate.

    Transportation: Assigned seating will be used and students will be seated one per row, every other row. This will ensure students are seated in the same spot daily and are distanced to the greatest extent possible on the bus. Masks will be worn by all riding the bus. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses. Buses will be loaded from the back to the front in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they enter the bus. Buses will be unloaded from front to back in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they exit the bus.

    Meals: Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered to students using the appropriate safety measures.

    Learning Plans: Special Education Teachers will develop lesson plans and activities related to students’ individual IEP goals, focusing on the areas of reading and math. Students will attend on a A/B half day schedule. All students will attend every day for three hours. Due to staffing limitations, they will receive staff support on a reduced level. This half day will include their related services and encore classes.

    Staffing: Special Education teachers and instructional assistants will staff classrooms. While these staff members have the appropriate certification, qualifications and experience to provide the instruction necessary to address students’ goals, the staff member assigned to a student’s classroom may not be the current case manager or teacher. The reentry will be supported by Student Support Teams (SST), including psychologists, nurses and other therapists.

    Early Childhood Special Education students


    This comprises PreSchool aged Students with Disabilities who receive their special education services in a specialized, self-contained Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classroom. There are approximately 125 students eligible to return in this phase of re-entry. A virtual learning model will also be offered  for those students who do not wish to return.These plans are contingent on staffing and building capacity. 

    Targeted Return Date: Nov. 30

    Location: ACPS determined one common or centrally located site would be utilized during this phase of reopening. The Early Childhood Center (ECC) has been identified as the location as the majority of resources students would need are already on site and the majority of students are also familiar with this location.. 

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): ACPS will provide reusable masks for all returning students and staff members. Disposable masks will be provided for all visitors (as needed). Additional PPE such as face shields, disposable gowns and disposable gloves will also be provided to specialized instruction citywide staff. Sneeze guards will be provided for student desks, and all desks will be distanced appropriately.

    Cleaning: An increased frequency of cleaning will occur at ACPS facilities. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms every 1.5 to two hours. The cleaning protocol will also include thoroughly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and ensuring that all supplies are fully stocked throughout the day. Additional custodial coverage during the day will be provided where appropriate.

    Transportation: Assigned seating will be used and students will be seated one per row, every other row. This will ensure students are seated in the same spot daily and are distanced to the greatest extent possible on the bus. Masks will be worn by all riding the bus. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses. Buses will be loaded from the back to the front in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they enter the bus. Buses will be unloaded from front to back in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they exit the bus.

    Meals: Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered to students using the appropriate safety measures.

    Learning Plans: Special Education teachers will develop lesson plans and activities related to students’ individual IEP goals, focusing on the areas of reading and math. 

    Staffing: Early Childhood Special Education teachers and instructional assistants will staff classrooms. While these staff members have the appropriate certification, qualifications and experience to provide the instruction necessary to address students’ goals, the staff member assigned to a student’s classroom may not be the current case manager or teacher.

     

    Special Education students receiving self-contained services in Language Arts and Math instruction (K-5)


    This comprises Students with Disabilities in grades K-5 whose IEP indicates special education services for reading or math instruction or intervention in the special education setting. There are approximately 175 students eligible to return in this phase of reopening. A virtual learning model will also be offered  for those students who do not wish to return.These plans are contingent on staffing and building capacity. 

    Targeted Return Date: Nov. 30

    Location: TBD

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): ACPS will provide reusable masks for all returning students and staff members. Disposable masks will be provided for all visitors (as needed). Additional PPE such as face shields, disposable gowns and disposable gloves will also be provided to specialized instruction citywide staff. Sneeze guards will be provided for student desks, and all desks will be distanced appropriately.

    Cleaning: An increased frequency of cleaning will occur at ACPS facilities. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms every 1.5 to two hours. The cleaning protocol will also include thoroughly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and ensuring that all supplies are fully stocked throughout the day. Additional custodial coverage during the day will be provided where appropriate.

    Transportation: Assigned seating will be used and students will be seated one per row, every other row. This will ensure students are seated in the same spot daily and are distanced to the greatest extent possible on the bus. Masks will be worn by all riding the bus. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses. Buses will be loaded from the back to the front in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they enter the bus. Buses will be unloaded from front to back in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they exit the bus.

    Meals: Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered to students using the appropriate safety measures.

    Learning Plans: Special Education teachers will develop lesson plans and activities related to students’ individual IEP goals, focusing on the areas of reading and math. 

    Staffing: Special Education teachers and instructional assistants will staff classrooms. While these staff members have the appropriate certification, qualifications and experience to provide the instruction necessary to address students’ goals, the staff member assigned to a student’s classroom may not be the current case manager or teacher. 

    Students with Disabilities in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in the Citywide Special Education program who opt into in-person learning


    This comprises Students with Disabilities in grades 6-8 whose IEP indicates special education services for reading or math instruction or intervention in the special education setting. There are approximately 175 students eligible to return in this phase of reopening. A virtual learning model will also be offered  for those students who do not wish to return.These plans are contingent on staffing and building capacity. 

    Targeted Return Date: Dec. 2020

    Location: TBD

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): ACPS will provide reusable masks for all returning students and staff members. Disposable masks will be provided for all visitors (as needed). Additional PPE such as face shields, disposable gowns and disposable gloves will also be provided to specialized instruction citywide staff. Sneeze guards will be provided for student desks, and all desks will be distanced appropriately.

    Cleaning: An increased frequency of cleaning will occur at ACPS facilities. This includes cleaning and disinfecting restrooms every 1.5 to two hours. The cleaning protocol will also include thoroughly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and ensuring that all supplies are fully stocked throughout the day. Additional custodial coverage during the day will be provided where appropriate.

    Transportation: Assigned seating will be used and students will be seated one per row, every other row. This will ensure students are seated in the same spot daily and are distanced to the greatest extent possible on the bus. Masks will be worn by all riding the bus. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses. Buses will be loaded from the back to the front in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they enter the bus. Buses will be unloaded from front to back in order to alleviate unnecessary contact between students as they exit the bus.

    Meals: Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered to students using the appropriate safety measures.

    Learning Plans: Special Education teachers will develop lesson plans and activities related to students’ individual IEP goals, focusing on the areas of reading and math. 


    Staffing: Special Education teachers and instructional assistants will staff classrooms. While these staff members have the appropriate certification, qualifications and experience to provide the instruction necessary to address students’ goals, the staff member assigned to a student’s classroom may not be the current case manager or teacher.