Special Education Department

September 28, 2020


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The 20-21 School Year has begun!

Dear Families,

I want to personally thank you for your patience and support as we start the school year in a fully remote model. The staff has been working very hard to create an enriching and engaging remote learning environment for our students with disabilities. While we all wish we could be in a more traditional school setting to start the year, the safety of our students and staff is a priority.

The District's gradual phase-in plan will begin October 5th when a small group of our highest-needs students will be returning to in-person instruction. The students returning are those who are in our specialized programs for students with Autism and students with Multiple Disabilities. If your child is on the list to return on October 5th, you should have received an email notification last week.

Students returning in our K-12 classrooms will be attending in-person learning every day.

At BLOCKS, the preschool schedule will vary depending on the specific classroom/program your child participates in. If you have specific questions about your child's schedule at BLOCKS, please reach out to the classroom teacher.

The next date in the phase-in plan that encompasses a larger group of high needs students is October 26th. Notification to families will be going out soon if your child is in that cohort of students.

If you have any questions, the contact list at the bottom of this newsletter lists the Special Education Team Coordinators by school. You can also reach out to me directly.


Laura Spear

Special Education Director

A Letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner and State Director of Special Education, has asked that we share his letter with our families. In the letter, he reviews the Fall reopening and special education services and he highlights some resources for you as well.

Letter in English

Letter in Spanish

Letter in Portuguese