• Student Support Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    (Updated July 30, 2020)

     

    Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): 

    Question:  Will DVUSD be required to continue to hold IEP meetings in accordance with IEP due dates? 

    Answer:  Yes! IEP teams will be expected to continue to hold IEP meetings and adhere to due dates.  These meetings will be held virtually until DVUSD returns to brick and mortar.  

     

    Question:  Can the District hold IEP meetings virtually?

    Answer:  Yes! Guidance from the AZ Department of Education, as well as, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) have stated that IEP meetings may be conducted via a digital platform (e.g. Zoom).

     

    Question:  How will DVUSD provide special education services and specially designed instruction for students receiving online instruction? Will these decisions be made by the IEP team or is adherence to current IEP documents required?  

    Answer:  Student Support Services (SSS) and DVUSD must ensure students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities, including the provision of FAPE, through the provision of virtual service delivery.  The District SSS Leadership Team continues to develop a plan for the delivery of specially designed instruction and teletherapy for students on IEPs. 

     

    Question:  How will DVUSD provide push-in services to students with specially designed instruction listed as provided in the general education classroom?

    Answer:  Push-in specially designed instruction can be provided through use of break-out rooms during virtual instruction within the general education classroom. Services can also be provided in virtual small group or 1:1 sessions. IEPs and Section 504 Plans must be implemented to the greatest extent possible. 

     

    Question:  Will IEPs (Individual Education Programs) be implemented fully?

    Answer:  During the 2020-2021 school year, all services as identified in students’ IEPs will be followed and implemented to the fullest extent possible

     

    Question:  Does DVUSD still need to complete/conduct 45-day screenings for any new students? 

    Answer:  Yes! This is DVUSD’s Child Find obligation.  Timelines cannot be changed. If school is occurring, virtually or otherwise, these will need to be completed in accordance with the required timeline, including any necessary follow up.

     

    Evaluations and Child Find:  

    Question:  Can DVUSD complete psychoeducational evaluations?

    Answer:  Yes! ADE issued guidance on July 10, 2020 that allows LEAs to bring students on campus for evaluations. DVUSD will follow sanitation and disinfection protocols per the guidance of local, state and national health agencies.

     

    Question:  How will school psychologists conduct classroom observations?  

    Answer:  School psychologists can conduct some observations during virtual instruction (with general education and special education staff). As well, school psychologists can collect information from previous teachers and consult with current general education staff.  

     

    Question:  Does DVUSD  still need to complete/conduct 45-day screenings for any new students? 

    Answer:  Yes! Timelines cannot be changed. If school is occurring, virtually or otherwise, 45 day screenings will need to be completed in accordance with the required timelines, including any necessary follow up.

     

    Section 504:

    Question:  Will DVUSD be required to conduct Section 504 review meetings?

    Answer:  District 504 Coordinators will be conducting virtual 504 review meetings. The 504 Coordinators will ensure that updates occur as needed.   

     

    Question:  Will 504 Plans be implemented during online learning?  

    Answer:  Yes! Under the OCR (Office for Civil Rights) and OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) guidance, Districts are required to provide the supports and services under Section 504 if the District is providing educational opportunities to general education students.  This includes providing the accommodations and other supports in enrichment activities, online instruction, etc.

     

    Question:  Will 504 Coordinators still be responsible for the distribution of 504 plans prior for 2020-21?  

    Answer:  Yes! 504 Coordinators will ensure that all teachers working with students on 504s have the information prior to instruction beginning.