Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:
Students with disabilities were particularly impacted by the closing of schools in spring 2020. Consistent with the Office of Special Education (OSE) guidance, the District will ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, students with a disability will be provided with the special education and related services identified in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The District considers in-person services a priority for high needs students.
The District recognizes the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing the special education and related services.
Special education evaluations (i.e. initial and reevaluations) are conducted to the greatest extent possible whether in-person or remotely within required timelines. Supplemental measures and performance information will be considered if standardized measures are unavailable.
To the greatest extent possible, programs and services will be provided as per each individual student’s IEP and all services on the continuum will continue to be available. Progress reporting will be done on schedule aligned with the school’s trimester or quarterly report cards.
Communication with parents (in their preferred language) regarding the provision of special education services will be maintained as per past District and building practices.
Collaboration between the committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on IEPs, plans for monitoring and communication student progress, and commitment to sharing resources.
All IEPs will be followed to the greatest extent possible, including program modifications, testing accommodations, supplementary aides, and services and technology.
Programs and services will be provided as per each individual student’s IEP. All services on the continuum will continue to be available to the greatest extent possible. Progress reporting will be done on schedule aligned with the school’s trimester or quarterly report cards.
Teachers and service providers will continue to collect data, whether in-person or remotely, and use these data to monitor student’s progress toward the annual goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of the student’s special education services.
To the extent possible, the District is committed to providing a five-days-a-week in-person instruction for students in smaller self-contained classes. If the District moves to a hybrid model, the plan for our students who require small classes will be full day, in school, five-days-a-week, in-person instruction. If COVID-19 cases spike in our community and the region does not meet the Governor’s criteria to remain open, the District would be required to modify the method of instruction provided to students.