Special Education and Comprehensive Distance Learning
Dear Parents of Students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs),
We know that this is a trying time for all of us, and we look forward to working together to serve our students with IEPs. We realize that as parents you know your students and circumstances best. The Mt. Angel School District wants you to know that our priority is the health and wellness of our students and their families during this time.
In consultation with our general education teachers, specialists, and special education case managers, we have created a plan to implement your student's IEP to the greatest extent possible within the current context. In creating the plan, we fully recognize that your student’s IEP was created to be implemented in a traditional school setting, which is no longer the case. Our goal is meet each of our families where you are in this difficult situation and provide the individual support that you need to the best of our ability.
You will continue to hear from your student’s Case Manager to discuss the options to serve your child during distance learning. Here are some important things for you to know:
Each Special Education Teacher will have virtual office hours where you and/or your student will be able to connect weekly.
We are working on providing technology devices to students in need.
Service minutes on an IEP reflect the total amount of time spent on that goal area. If you feel that it is too much time in the home setting, please let your case manager know. We want to be flexible with the amount of work we ask for and tailor to individual needs.
Students who receive speech services will be hearing from their case manager about how those services will be delivered.
We understand that this is a challenging time for all of us, and we want you to know that we care about you and are here for you and your family. We invite you to communicate with your child’s Special Education case manager and we will work together to come up with a plan that is workable for your family.
Please know that you and your children are greatly missed by their teachers, staff, and administrators. The Mt. Angel School District is committed to providing your student the best experience possible given these uncertain times. Please do not hesitate contacting us if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay healthy. Stay safe.
Student Services Director
Mt. Angel SD
Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education and related services. Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21. The school must locate, evaluate and serve children who have needs in the area of cognitive, motor, social, behavior, speech/ language, hearing, or vision.
Birth to 5 Years of Age
For children between birth and five years of age who are suspected of having needs in one or more of the above listed areas, contact Erica Gordon at 503-845-2345 or by email at Gordon_erica@mtangel.k12.or.us
Kindergarten to 21 Years of Age
For students from Kindergarten through age 21 who are suspected of having needs in one or more of the above listed areas, or if you have questions about services, contact the special education director of the child’s resident school district listed below for more information. If you are not sure in which district the child lives, contact Erica Gordon at 503-845-2345 or by email at Gordon_erica@mtangel.k12.or.us.