• Supporting Students with Special Needs

    Special education services are not only a requirement per IDEA and our student IEP documents, but are highly beneficial to our students and their learning.  Special education services can look very different depending on student need.  Smaller group sizes will be emphasized, along with hand cleaning, adults wearing masks, and other mitigation measures.  Students will still access their services, even in a “pull-out” model, but must clean their hands before leaving their current space and upon entering the classroom where services are provided.  Special education teachers, teacher assistants, service providers, related services providers, and low-incidence service providers will be required to wear masks and other PPE.  Groups will be set up using physical spacing and distancing.

    In our Blended Learning for All Students model and our Online Only for Every Student, our special education teachers will utilize Universal Design for Learning to ensure students with special needs can succeed in school and virtually.  In addition, special education teachers will continue to collaborate with general education teachers to ensure student success.

    Kirkwood School District, in collaboration with Special School District (SSD), has been working to develop plans and protocols for providing special education services in all of our Learning Models. 

    In our Every Student, Every day Modified In-Person Learning Model, special education teachers will continue to meet with students, provide special education and related services, and work with general education teachers to meet student needs.

    In our Blended Learning Model, students receiving special education services will follow the Kirkwood School District schedule for their days of in-person instruction.  In-person instruction will continue to follow safety protocols, and smaller group sizes will be emphasized, along with hand cleaning, adults wearing masks, and other mitigation measures.  Students will still access their services, even in a “pull-out” model, but must clean their hands before leaving their current space and upon entering the classroom where services are provided.  Special education teachers, teacher assistants, service providers, related services providers, and low-incidence service providers will be required to wear masks and other PPE.  Groups will be set up using physical spacing and distancing.  Online instruction will include more synchronous learning opportunities and activities.  Special education and related services can be provided virtually or in person through flexible scheduling in a partner district building.

     In our Online-Only for Every Student Model, special education teachers will create a distance learning plan every other week with lesson activities and proposed schedules sent to families.  In this model, in-person related services will not be available due to the closure of buildings and safety of staff and students, and related services will be provided virtually only. 

     More information regarding special education services and Special School District (SSD) can be found here:

    http://www.ssdmo.org/return.html

     We will continue to implement 504 plans in all of our Learning Models.  

    In our Every Student, Every Day Modified In-Person Learning Model, 504 plans will still be implemented as written

    In our Blended Learning for All Model, 504 plans will be implemented, with those accommodations requiring in-person service provided while students are on campus

    In our All Students Online Only Model, 504 accommodations and modifications will be provided virtually