Lake Wales Charter Schools’ Exceptional Student Education Department serves more than 800 students from Kindergarten through 22 years of age. They include students with various disabilities as well as gifted learners.
An exceptional student is one who has special learning or behavioral needs. Special assistance received in school is called Exceptional Student Education Services, ESE, or Specially Designed Instruction. Our goal is to provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), help them progress in school, and prepare for life after school. Some examples of support services include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and Analytical Behavior Analysis,
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Continual Instruction During COVID-19 School Closure
Lake Wales Charter Schools administrators, teachers, and staff continue working diligently to provide effective instruction for students during the COVID-19 school closure. Teachers are provided flexibility to choose the instructional options that best meets their students’ needs. Schools have also provided students and families with online resources and paper-based lesson activities.
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers will continue to work closely with their students and parents/families during school closure. While general education teachers are also familiar their ESE/504 students’ needs; ESE teachers will continue to collaborate with all to ensure individualized educational plan (IEP) goals are implemented with fidelity. Consequently, ESE teachers are given professional freedom to decide the best instructional method for student achievement. Teachers collaborate to provide differentiated instruction that facilitates student learning and progress. Our teachers are very resourceful and will continue to implement instructional strategies that focus on meeting students’ needs during school closure. Teachers will determine student progress and make data-based decisions in the best interest of students. This information will be shared with students and parents.
Related Services Delivery
LWCS ESE service providers will make every effort to continue related services. Because of the nature of the COVID-19 school closure, related service providers may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided. Students with Language individualized educational plans will be able to access online Language activities developed and monitored by a Speech/ Language Pathologist (SLP). Speech, occupational, physical and mental health counseling therapy providers will utilize a HIPPA compliant video-based therapy practice platform to work with students on achieving IEP goals. Therapists may also distribute student activity packets and/or monitor students by phone if internet access is not available. Once school resumes, teachers and service providers will continue providing special education and related services to students with disabilities in accordance with the student’s IEP or 504 plan at school campus locations. If a student has not received services for an extended period, the student’s designated IEP Team or 504 team will make individualized determinations regarding the extent of services missed and the necessity of applicable make-up services.
ESE and 504 IEP Accommodations
Students have access to many accommodations that naturally occur in the virtual setting. Some accommodations identified in student Individual Education Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans may not be possible to implement in the online educational setting. School districts have been given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team. Students/families are encouraged to communicate with their teachers to determine whether the virtual educational environment can appropriately meet the needs of the student.
Change to the statewide assessment schedule
• All remaining state assessments for grades K-12 are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Requirements for graduation, promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated on available student performance data and results.
Announcify Text to Speech- text to speech tool that not only reads a webpage but also removes distracting elements form the site.
Google Dictionary- double click any word on a webpage to get a popup with the definition and audible pronunciation
Voice Recognition/Speech to Text-voice recognition app
YouTube trainings for Google tools for special needs- Watch the video training for this content
Resources for Virtual Teaching Home School- Virtual Resources created by NEFEC and FLDRS
Starfall- free site where students can learn and practice skills in English and Math
BrainPOP- free site where students can learn and practice skills in English, Math, Science and Social Studies
Kids Discover Online- free science and social studies material
Khan Academy- Khan Academy Kids is a fun, free, educational app with thousands of activities and books for young children ages 2-7.