Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked Questions
As the Woodburn School District develops its Operational BluePrint for Reopening, and abides by the restrictions and guidelines set forth by Governor Brown, the Woodburn Student Services Department remains dedicated to educating all students in the district.
With school starting in an online format through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model, we understand that IEP and 504 teams will need to work closely together to develop plans that continue to support individual student needs. An online environment will provide us with challenging issues to creatively and collectively solve. We recognize the uneasiness and uncertainty of the upcoming school year and how your student’s education may look and feel different.
We understand that each student has their own specific strengths and needs, and that as we get closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year, we may need to meet and discuss individual IEP and/or 504 plans. We expect that, although your student will be learning from home, you will see some significant differences in the level of service your child will receive. We learned a lot about virtual instruction last spring and we are continuing our professional development to increase the rigor of instruction, develop new skills for teaching in this context, and to meet a wider variety of needs in creative ways.
Woodburn School District staff will begin reaching out to families to ensure that your student has access to needed technology, discuss what school will look like for your student, and discuss the possibility of IEP meetings and/or revisions. You may have already received some communication, but please expect contact from your child’s case manager and/or teacher starting no later than the first week of September. We value your input and ideas and look forward to talking with you about how to make this a successful year for your child.
We have tried to answer some common questions below, but if you have specific needs or questions between now and when you are contacted, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school or Student Services. If you have not received any contact by September 4th or know that your contact information has changed since last spring, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible.
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How will my child receive their IEP services?
Students who are eligible for Special Education services will receive their Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and related services from their case managers and/or service providers in a synchronous learning environment. Synchronous learning is when the student and teacher are able to communicate at the same time (i.e., virtual online face-to-face instruction, phone, etc.). The learning environment will be online until the District initiates Limited In Person Instruction or a Hybrid Model and families have selected for their students to attend on-site instruction.
Will Special Education (SPED) students be able to go to school more often when we transition to a Hybrid model?
In the district plan for the Hybrid Model, all students will have the opportunity to attend onsite classes two days per week. Depending on the needs of your child and the services outlined in his/her IEP, there may be additional opportunities provided.
Are there any opportunities for my child to get IEP services in person during the CDL model?
Until the district meets community metrics as outlined by the governor, there will be no opportunities for in person learning. At this time, students will receive their Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and related services from their teachers, case managers and/or service providers in an online synchronous learning environment.
How will the Bridges Transition Program (CTP) work?
Students who are enrolled in BTP will receive their Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and related services from their case managers and/or service providers in asynchronous learning environment. The learning environment will be online until the District initiates Limited In Person services and/or a Hybrid Model and families have selected for their students to attend on-site instruction.
Staff will be working to develop specific plans for supporting students' transition needs in Comprehensive Distance Learning, on-site at CTP and in the community if/when possible. For families who elect not to participate in hybrid on-site learning, their students will continue to receive their Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and related services from their case managers and/or service providers in an online synchronous learning environment.
How will speech therapy be handled?
In most cases, students who receive speech therapy will get their services in asynchronous learning environment. The learning environment will be online until the District initiates Limited In-person services or the Hybrid Model and families have selected for their students to attend on-site instruction.
Will there be virtual IEP meetings to adjust online learning?
Yes. All special education services, including meetings will be held virtually at this time.
What additional accommodations are being made to protect medically fragile students?
In Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), school nurses will be reviewing all medical health plans, as they do every year, and may be reaching out to you to consult with you on any medical needs that appear to impact your child’s learning. School teams will then consider supports and services that are needed in the CDL model.
When the district is able to move to an in-person model, nurses will be working with school teams on necessary supports for students who are medically fragile that are specific to each student's needs. Staff will be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and will follow all district protocols. If parents have concerns about sending their students to school for on-site instruction, parents should consider Comprehensive Distance Learning for their students.
How is Coprehensive Distance Learning different from what we experienced in the spring?
Comprehensive Distance Learning, while still focused on care and connection, will provide for more rigorous learning. Last spring and over the summer, we learned from our students and families the support structures that will better help our students be engaged. This included fewer classes at a time, and streamlining teacher communications, technology platforms, and tools. Students can expect an increase in teacher-led instruction as well as more independent and family-supported learning at home. In grades 6-12, we will have fewer classes in order for students to have a greater ability to organize their time and attention. We will take attendance, and we will provide grades. Students at the high school will earn credit for the classes they pass or will need to retake classes they do not pass. High school students will receive grades, which is different from the pass/no grade system from the spring.