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Special Ed COVID Resources

Introduction

The global public health crisis presented by COVID-19 has impacted the learning and support services available to public school children around the world. AUSD is deeply committed to supporting our students and families who receive special education services.

To the extent feasible and in line with health and safety, students with IEPs will continue to receive instruction and support during the 2020/2021 school year through AUSD's "Remote Learning Program" or "Flexible Learning Program." 

These learning programs will not be exact replicas of existing IEPs, due to the constraints under which we are all operating. Please be assured, however, that it is our goal to fully implement IEPs when students can safely return to school. In the meantime, we will align instruction and related services to the IEP to the greatest extent possible within the Learning Programs available.

We have created this page to serve as a hub for resources about special education plans and services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please check back often as we will be updating the page on a regular basis.

FAQS

General FAQs on the Flexible Learning Program and Remote Learning Program are available on AUSD's Planning for 2020-21 web page.

Questions and answers about this year's program for students with disabilities are available in this comprehensive FAQ about our special education program.

Presentations & Town Halls

COVID-19 Special Education FAQ

How will AUSD support students receiving special education services during Fall 2020?

During Distance Learning, Education Specialists and Related Services staff (i.e. SLPs, OTs, PT, A-PE, Behaviorists, and paraprofessionals) will continue to support students with IEPs by working with small groups of students, co-teaching lessons, collaborating with general education and special education staff, holding special education small group and individualized sessions, and scheduling and holding virtual IEP meetings. As noted, related service providers (speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc.) will also continue to support students virtually.