SpEd Corner: Serving Special Needs Students During COVID-19: A Rural Educator’s Story
[Source: Education Week]
When schools in Owley County, Ky., closed in early March, James Barrett hopped on his bus each morning to deliver meals to hundreds of students.
Then the special education teacher, who is also a bus driver for the rural district, would head home and log in for Zoom meetings with his high school special education students—some of whom have 3rd- and 4th-grade level skills in reading, writing, and math.
Across the country, widespread school closures have upended special education, which is administered through carefully constructed plans called Individualized Education Programs and require extensive services that are not easily transferred to the internet, even for families who have access.
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