Special Statement Regarding EC Services and COVID19

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We at Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) believe the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recent information regarding the coronavirus (COVID19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reassure you that we continue to take all recommended precautions as we work to meet the needs of our students.  We are working diligently to provide instruction in various forms through activities sent home and Learn From Home opportunities for our students with disabilities.

While HCPS buildings are closed, IEP meetings may be held through phone conferences or other virtual means, such as Google Chat or Google Meet. Your participation is an essential part of the IEP process as we work together to design special services to support your child; however, if meeting by phone or using a virtual option does not work for you, we can wait to hold meetings when students return to school.

Additionally, per federal and state guidance, once normal school operations resume, we will consider necessary compensatory education for any special education student who misses services. Please note that no services are required for special education students by law during any time period when regular education students are not receiving educational services.

Know that we are doing all we can to support families to maintain a safe, healthy learning environment during these challenging times. We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EC Office at (828) 697-4733.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelton

Director of Exceptional Children

 

Anuncio especial sobre los servicios para niños excepcionales y COVID19

Estimados Padres/Tutores,

 

En las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henderson (HCPS, por sus siglas en Inlges) creemos que  la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestras principales prioridades. Con la información reciente sobre el coronavirus (COVID19) en las noticias, queremos tomarnos un momento para asegurarle que seguimos tomando todas las precauciones recomendadas mientras trabajamos para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes.  Estamos trabajando arduamente para proporcionar instrucción en diversas formas a través de actividades enviadas a casa y a través del modelo “Aprende desde tu casa” para nuestros estudiantes con discapacidades.

 

Mientras los edificios de HCPS están cerrados, las reuniones del IEP se pueden llevar a cabo a través de conferencias telefónicas u otros medios virtuales, como Google Chat o Google Meet. Su participación es una parte esencial del proceso del IEP, ya que trabajamos juntos para diseñar servicios especiales para apoyar a su hijo; sin embargo, si la reunión por teléfono o el uso de una opción virtual no es accesible para usted, podemos esperar para reunirnos cuando los estudiantes regresen a la escuela.

 

Además, la guía federal y estatal nos dice que una vez que se reanuden las operaciones escolares normales, buscaremos la manera de compensar educativamente a cualquier estudiante de educación especial que  pierda alguno de los servicios. Tenga en cuenta que no se requieren servicios para los estudiantes de educación especial por ley durante el período de tiempo en que estudiantes de educación regular no estén recibiendo servicios educativos.

 

Sepa que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar a las familias para mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y saludable durante estos tiempos difíciles. Le mantendremos actualizado a medida que haya información adicional disponible. Mientras tanto, si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con la Oficina de las Educación Especial al (828) 697-4733.

 

Sinceramente

Jennifer Shelton

Director de Niños Excepcionales

Exceptional Children’s Services

All schools provide specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique educational needs of children ages three through twenty-one who have been evaluated and declared eligible and in need of special education services. These services are offered on a continuum of varying levels of service, depending on the needs of each student as identified in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The least restrictive environment or setting in which the student may receive an appropriate education is a primary factor for consideration by IEP teams. Most school-aged children with disabilities are served in regular and resource settings; however, intensive intervention or separate settings are also available for students who require more service to meet their special needs. Henderson County Public Schools follow federal mandates and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction policies when determining evaluation requirements and program eligibility.

Contact Information:

Ms. Jennifer Shelton
Director for Exceptional Children’s Program
414 4th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 697-4733

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