• Is there an eLearning option for PreK ESE?

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    Participation in Prekindergarten programs is voluntary.  Per Florida Law (Section 1003.21, Florida Statutes), school attendance only becomes compulsory once a child is going to turn six (6) by February 1 of the school year.  For the 2020-21 school year, PreK VE classroom instruction will be offered in the brick and mortar setting with face to face instruction or a virtual eLearning option based on student’s individual needs and IEP services.  PreK Blended classroom instruction will be offered in brick and mortar only.   

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  • How is one-on-one or small group interventions and instruction delivered through eLearning?

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    The eLearning option will mirror the brick and mortar setting and students will receive whole and small group instruction, and in some cases, one-on-one assistance to ensure students understand, process, and master content.  ESE teachers will have the ability to create “break out” rooms to conduct more individualized/small group interventions.  A variety of instructional strategies may be used so that students are exposed to content multiple times to ensure different learning strengths and styles can be addressed.  Instructional assistants will be available for further supports in both the brick and mortar and eLearning settings based on the student’s individual plan. 

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  • Will the pacing of the block schedule affect ESE students?

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    The block schedule will allow time for students to dig deep into the content with a focus on 4 core classes at a time instead of 7.  The extended time block will offer a multitude of ways to break the content down into digestible bites with built in ways to learn, practice, and apply the information. Parents should reach out to their individual schools to determine how courses are being offered and the impact it will have on their child’s schedule and Individualized Education Plan. Parents should work with schools to determine the totality of support options available for supporting students in the general education classroom. 

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  • How will you ensure students with exceptionalities are afforded the same learning opportunities?

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    The eLearning option for students will be a mirror of the brick and mortar setting.  Instruction will follow the same curriculum and pacing as it would if the students were face to face in a classroom. Students will have the opportunity to fully engage in live instruction with the teachers to work on mastery of grade level curriculum and IEP goals specific to the students’ needs.   Direct instruction/ support/services will occur with the appropriate scaffolds and accommodations in place as indicated on the student’s individual plan.  Activities and independent work will be provided throughout the day to focus on students’ academic and social personal growth.   

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  • How will eLearning students with IEPs, 504 plans, or other accommodations receive services?

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    Students with an IEP or a 504 plan who select the eLearning delivery method will virtually continue to receive accommodations, services and, appropriate supports based on their individual plan.  Virtual therapy sessions will be scheduled for students participating in the eLearning model; these sessions will occur as part of a student’s daily or weekly schedule just as if the student was in the brick and mortar setting.  Some therapies that require face to face instruction will be coordinated with the parent and ESE provider. 

    In order to assist with social distancing guidelines, ESE meetings (e.g., IEP, EP, 504, eligibilities, IPST, etc.) should continue to be held virtually whenever possible. If a parent/guardian is not in agreement with a virtual meeting, a face-to-face meeting shall be scheduled so the LEA and parent(s)/guardian(s) can be in a room together that allows for social distancing. The remainder of the participants can continue to participate virtually.   

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  • If parents select eLearning option, how will supports be provided for students?

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    Students with an IEP or a 504 plan who select the eLearning delivery method will continue to receive accommodations, services and, appropriate supports based on their individual plan. ESE teachers will work with the general education teacher to provide scaffolding and specially designed instruction so that progress toward IEP goals continue and gaps in learning are closed. Teachers will receive training on a variety of digital tools that can be used to ensure students can access curriculum materials. Virtual therapy sessions will be scheduled for students participating in the eLearning model; these sessions will occur as part of a student’s daily or weekly schedule just as if the student was in the brick and mortar setting.

     
    ELLs selecting the e-learning instructional delivery model will receive language and content supports by various means of accommodations to include, but not limited to scaffolded lessons, leveled text, differentiated instruction that include the four language domains, and small group or one-on-one teacher support when necessary and appropriate in addition to systematic supports such as extra time, accommodated exams, etc. Furthermore, supplemental language development and support programs, which are online, will be available for teachers to assign to ELLs to supplement lessons.

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