Wyandotte County Special Education Cooperative

ReOpening of Schools Plan

This is a difficult and challenging time for us all. We understand that for some students, remote learning activities are no substitute for a brick-and-mortar schools. KCKPS is committed to ensuring equity will be assessed for each student whether online or in-person instruction. The District’s plans are aligned with the Kansas State Department of Education to ensure that high-quality instruction, accommodations, and modifications are in place to help differentiate access to content by grade levels as outlined in the Navigating Change document released by the state. Students will be able to access instruction that will prepare them to meet grade level competencies.

Special Education Re-Opening Questions

What can families expect regarding special education as a result of remote learning?

Regarding special education, schools will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with IEPs and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students.

In this unique and ever-changing environment, these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided. Therefore, services that would normally be provided in person may now be provided through remote learning and via teletherapy/teleteaching.

What are some examples of how FAPE will be provided during this time of remote learning?

The determination of how FAPE is to be provided may need to be different during the time when a school is serving its students remotely.  The student’s IEP team should think about methods of adapting, as appropriate, the needs of the student, the content, methodology or delivery of instruction within the context of the learning environment in which the student will participate.  Special education services may be provided through remote instruction, sending instructional materials to the student’s home, by video or telephonically.

Most importantly, FAPE may be provided consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing special education and related services to those students.

What options exist for students with IEPs to receive instruction during the period of remote learning?

Each child’s IEP is developed on an individual basis and questions concerning your child’s IEP should be resolved by the IEP team.  During the pandemic, the health and safety of students and individuals providing services to students is of paramount importance.  Remote learning options should be considered and adopted to the extent possible.  In certain limited circumstances where feasible and necessary, some services may be provided in person, on an individual student basis, and with guidance from the county health department recommendations.  The child’s IEP team may also consider supplementary aids and services or program modifications.

What special education and related services must be provided to students with IEPs when a school district is serving its students remotely?

When a school is serving its students remotely, the school must ensure that each student with an IEP also has equal access to the same opportunities available to all students.

What type of instruction can students expect during the period of remote learning?

Teachers will provide live group lessons in a variety of formats:  whole class, small group, and 1:1 with parent permission. Independent learning activities may also be provided.

Will students receive grades for the work they complete?

Yes, grading and progress monitoring of IEP goals will be required during the period of remote learning.  Grades will be based on assessments and activities.

How will students receive assistance and feedback if he/she has questions related to the independent assignments?

Teachers and case managers will be available for direct instruction and student/family support through specified office hours.

What if a child is unable to attend live learning sessions or complete the assignments in a timely manner?

When a student is not able to attend a live learning session and/or complete an assignment, the parent should contact the student’s teacher, social worker or case manager.

How will children receive services from the Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapists or Social Workers?

Related services such as speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy etc. via a teletherapy format video conferencing or telephone contact) to the extent possible. In certain limited circumstances where feasible and necessary, some services may be provided in person, on an individual student basis, and with guidance from the county health department recommendations.

What if families cannot access the internet from our home?

Connectivity Hubs: KCKPS recognizes that even with a hotspot some of our students may still be struggling to establish a reliable internet connection to attend class. That is why each of our schools are now “connectivity hubs.” To learn more about this program that allows students to work from the school, with a guardian present, please reach out to your school.

I’m not sure IEP services in my child’s IEP can be delivered in a remote learning environment?

A Covid-19 temporary learning plan could be implemented during the period of remote learning.  In order to add a Covid-19 temporary plan, an IEP Amendment meeting will be required.  The services can go back into effect once on-site learning is able to be resumed safely.

What if I would prefer my child to receive their services and/or instruction in the building as opposed to remotely?

Many of the services can be provided remotely exactly as they are already written in the IEP.  Many teaching and related services can be provided through video conferencing and the district’s Learning Management System (LMS) just as they would be provided onsite.  In those instances, we will strive to provide the services remotely for students in the remote learning option.  We recognize that some students may require some in person services, and that decision will be made by the IEP team on an individual basis, with guidance from the county health department, and based on the services in the IEP.  In those circumstances, a Covid-19 temporary learning plan would be needed.

What happens if a student with an IEP is participating in remote learning or hybrid learning and is not making appropriate progress in the general education curriculum or toward meeting his/her IEP goals?

In any instance when a student is not making appropriate progress, the IEP Team would need to meet and discuss what changes can be made to the services and supports to address the lack of progress.  This can be accomplished by convening an IEP Team meeting (remotely, if needed) or by the parent and school agreeing to amend the IEP without a meeting.

What if my child’s IEP comes due during the period of remote learning?

Your child's special education case manager will contact you to schedule a meeting to review your child's annual IEP on or before the annual review date.

How will IEP teams meet to conduct the IEP meeting?

IEP teams are trusted to make these decisions on an individual basis as they work with parents to determine what is best for each situation.  We strongly encourage teams to continue to meet remotely (either by phone or video conference).  You should continue to expect a Notice of Meeting and/or Prior Written Notice (PWN) if applicable for each IEP meeting.  The IEP process does not change due to this period of remote learning.

Will evaluations for special education take place during remote learning?

Students can participate in interventions in the general education classroom, teachers can refer students to the Student Improvement Team (SIT) and referrals for special education services and evaluations will continue.  Re-evaluations of a child's eligibility for services may be waived through an IEP team decision.

What personal protective equipment will be provided, and how will staff and students be protected during in-person testing?

When it is necessary for a student to meet with an evaluator in-person personal protective equipment will be provided.  This can include, but is not limited to masks, gloves, face shields, clear table top or floor dividers, sanitizing and cleaning products for cleaning and sanitizing and reusable materials or manipulatives.

Will there be transportation available to get my child to school for evaluation services?

Yes, transportation will be available to students by the school district when students must attend in-person sessions for purposes of evaluation.

What if I do not feel comfortable with sending my child to school for evaluations? Are there other options?

Some assessments and questionnaires can be completed remotely. Some parts of assessments can be done through technology. Curriculum-based assessments can also be done through technology.  If this is necessary the evaluation team will work with the student and family to ensure technology is provided or made accessible for the purpose of the evaluation. If the parents wish for in-person evaluation to occur later, they may extend the evaluation period. Alternatively, the team could use existing information to determine current needs and eligibility.

My student was getting interventions through the Student Improvement Team process. Will that continue? To what extent?

Yes, students should continue to receive and participate in interventions through the Student Improvement Team (SIT).  The Student Improvement Team will work to ensure the intervention is being provided and data is collected to monitor student progress. The Student Improvement Team should continue to meet regularly to monitor data and student progress, and share that data with parents. If data suggests the need for an evaluation, the team may refer the student for an evaluation for 504 or special education.

My student attends a private or parochial school, and usually goes to the public school for his/her special education services. Will he/she continue to receive those services?

Special education services will be provided remotely in accordance with the IEP.  The case manager will call parents to share the schedule of instruction.  Services will start upon the beginning of the school year, September 8, 2020.

Will my student continue to receive homebound services?

No services will be provided in the home. All students, including students who previously received homebound services, will be able to access their regular education and special education services through the remote learning plan.

Mission: Kids First

Vision: Empowering all students with exceptionalities to reach their potential in school and the community

Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative offers a full range of special education services to children and families in the Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs, and Piper School Districts. Special education services are integrated into the district’s educational program. Eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) or eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is determined by the Student Intervention Team (SIT) referral process or screening and evaluation process in the early childhood setting.

Our goal is to provide a free and appropriate education to each child with an exceptionality who is a resident of the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education districts.

The special education staff works closely with all educators in order to facilitate optimal educational growth for students with special needs from birth through age 21. Contact the building administrator if you have concerns about your child’s educational progress.

Public Notice

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative is seeking to identify every student from birth through age 21 who lives within the boundaries of the school districts of Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs / Edwardsville, and Piper who has developmental delays or may be in need of special education.

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative provides a free appropriate public education to all exceptional students residing within the three school district boundaries. This includes special education and related services provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state laws for all students with exceptionalities (0-21 years of age).

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative offers developmental screening for children from ages 3 to 5.

  • If you live in the Kansas City Kansas district boundaries and have a child from ages 3 to 5 and you have concerns about his or her development, please call the Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center at 913.627.4807 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you live in the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville or Piper school district boundaries and have a child from ages 3 to 5 and you have concerns about his or her development, please call McDanield at 913.422.7970 to schedule an appointment.