Update from Michele Sandy, director of special educational services, on services to students with IEPs

April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced public schools into a situation that we have never encountered before. As a parent of a student with an IEP, I am sure you have many questions about how the current school closing will impact your child. I am sharing the following information with you to hopefully answer some of your questions.

As you know, Governor Northam closed all Virginia schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to concerns with the threat of COVID-19 and in response to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Thus far, Frederick County teachers have provided resources to students and opportunities for practice or reinforcement in various instructional areas. Frederick County Public Schools (“FCPS”) will be providing new learning opportunities to students beginning April 15, 2020.

Please know that we care about the health and well-being of you and your family and appreciate your support as we work together to support your family and student(s). FCPS and our staff are committed to ensuring that all students have access to educational opportunities during these difficult circumstances. Special education staff will be working closely with school administrators, general education staff, and related service providers and will contact you regarding amending your student’s IEP in order to provide support to your student during the school closure. Upon receiving the proposed IEP amendment, you may contact your child’s case manager with questions regarding the IEP amendment.

Further, special education teachers continue to be available to consult with you, your child, and answer questions. In addition, related service providers will be reaching out to the families of those students who currently receive these services. In the event related services are delivered through video conferencing, please note that no electronic recording of sessions is permitted by FCPS. In the event the session is recorded, the related service provider may end the session.

If your student is in a private day school or private residential school placement, Jamison Olinger, Private Placement Specialist will be reaching out to you in the near future.

Lastly, it is important for teachers and related service providers to have your most up to date contact information in order to reach out to you on a regular basis. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s special education case manager.

Michele Sandy
Director of Special Instructional Services