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2021-22 School Reopening Plan|COVID-19 Notifications|Transmission Level: High

Special Education & Bilingual Education/World Language Programs

The Fonda-Fultonville Central School district is committed to providing programs and services that are equitable and accessible for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). Students will continue to participate and progress in school based on their individual, unique strengths and needs.

Delivery of Special Education Programs, Services and Supports

All students with disabilities will receive their programs and services to the greatest extent possible.

  • In-person instruction, support, and related services will occur to the greatest extent possible. When school is open to students, all Life Skills students will attend an in-person educational program on a daily basis.
  • Remote learning/hybrid models of instruction will allow for students to have access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, programming, technology, and related services to the greatest extent possible.
  • Special education staff will document how they will be delivering these supports and services for each individual student during remote/hybrid learning.  This will be communicated with parents.
  • Students will have access to their special education teacher/case manager through daily contact whether in-person or remotely.
  • Students will continue to have access to high-quality programming that is designed and based on their individual needs and abilities.
  • Data collection will continue, whether in-person or remote, to monitor student’s progress toward annual goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of the student services and supports.

The district will collaborate with program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served outside of the school district to ensure the provision of services being provided is consistent with students’ individual needs.

Engaging with parents of students with disabilities

Special education teachers and related service providers will establish a preferred mode of communication with parents/guardians (ex. phone, text, email, virtual meeting, etc.) in their preferred language. Staff will be in close contact with families to ensure that student needs are being met. Collaboration with parents/guardians will be frequent and ongoing.

Special education staff and related service providers will collaborate with parents/guardians about the programs, supports and services that will be provided during remote/hybrid learning.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the district website is accessible to all individuals in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A/AA.


Delivery of Services and Supports for English Language Learners

All English Language Learners (ELLs) will receive programs and support to the greatest extent possible. When school is open to students, all English Language Learners will attend an in-person educational program on a daily basis.

The district will complete the ELL identification process within 30 school days for new students who:

  • Were enrolled during COVID-19 school closure;
  • Were enrolled over during the summer; and/or
  • Were enrolled during the first 20 school days of the 2020-2021 school year.

ELL students will be provided with the required level of instructional support.  Their in-person and remote learning plans will be based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level.

Progress monitoring tools will be used to gather data that identifies gaps in learning and progress toward English language proficiency. If learning gaps are identified, the district may provide additional support based on individual student needs.

The district will ensure that students have equitable access to remote learning platforms and opportunities.

Students will have access to their English as a New Language teacher on a daily basis.

Collaboration between content area teachers and the English as a New Language teacher will be ongoing during in-person or remote instruction.

Engaging with parents of students who are English language learners

Teachers will establish a preferred mode of communication with parents/guardians (ex. phone, text, email, virtual meeting, etc.) in their preferred language. Staff will be in close contact with families to ensure that student needs are being met. Collaboration with parents/guardians will be frequent and ongoing.

The district will continue to employ the translation features in its mass notification system to ensure parents are receiving communications in their preferred language.

The district is instituting a G-Translate feature on its website to ensure users can translate information in their preferred language. This feature will be available by Aug. 15.