Special Education Considerations

Key Contact: Mark Dunlap, Interim Special Education Director | mdunlap@lfalls.k12.mn.us | 320 632-2007
  • As of March 16, 2020, student IEPs are no longer in effect as previously written due to COVID-19. A distance learning plan is attached to the current IEP and will be implemented until face-to-face correspondence resumes. IEP DLP goals will be measured according to the distance learning plans revised goals as proposed in the goal section in the DLP.

  • Data will be recorded by staff members who are remotely communicating with students and parents. Data may be collected through work completed via student work packets, online curriculum activities and alternative methods of correspondence including tele therapy. This is not all inclusive of the methods that will be used, because of the guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Governor of Minnesota. The specific changes will be documented on the IEP/Individualized Distance Learning Plan.

  • All evaluations will be conducted within the established timelines. The testing that would require face to face contact with the student or parent will not be completed until school resumes in a face -to-face setting. A note will be placed in the students file indicating if the evaluation could not be completed due to the pandemic as students are not in session with face-to-face interaction. Evaluations will be completed when school resumes with face-to-face contact.

  • Special education instruction will focus on meeting IEP goals or IFSP outcomes.

  • Services may be delivered through an alternative method that may include technology, phone communication, and/or printed resources.

  • Regarding special education students in mainstream classes, special education staff and paraprofessionals are in frequent contact with students, families, and teachers. Accommodations and modifications will be made, as deemed appropriate. Arrangements for more support as may be needed, will be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Relevant considerations for students with 504s will be honored; if questions or concerns arise, please contact your child’s principal.