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Leon County Schools lays out distance learning program for ESE, IEP students

Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 18:49:00-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County continues making preparations for their distance learning program, with phase one scheduled to start next week.

The main focus Wednesday was how the plan will work for their Exceptional Student Education and IEP students.

On Monday, March 30, all ESE services will start.

All teachers, program staff, and specialists will reach out to each student and their parents to make sure they are set up to receive their work digitally. Students and parents will attend their Individualized Education Program meetings virtually, through a phone call or the Microsoft Teams app.

LCS has a partnership with DISC Village, who will also contact ESE students and parents.

Their work will be in packet form as well, and is scheduled to be completed on April 10, as is the standard academic plan.

Assistant superintendent Alan Cox broke down three important steps that ESE students and teachers will follow.

"First, is how we do IEP meetings," said Cox. "IEP is an individual education plan. How do we do that. Secondly, is implementation and delivery of service. How are we going to deliver these services to students with disability's. Finally, related services and that involves all of our therapists."

Teachers and staff are being trained on the equipment they will use to conduct virtual meetings and work for their students. Schools will distribute laptops and iPads for students who may need them.