Distance Learning Plan
Quitman County Special Education Distance Learning Plan
During Distance Learning, our special education staff (which includes special education teachers, support staff, speech and language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists) will provide special education services using a variety of different strategies and online platforms based on an individual student’s needs. Distance Learning will include tools such as instructional videos, online access to educational programs, virtual live sessions, parent consultation, and additional resources which will be on Microsoft Teams for student centers. Special education staff will collaborate with families to determine what services are needed during Distance Learning. In addition, special education staff will collaborate regularly with general education teachers in order for students to access the general education curriculum with the modifications and accommodations in their Individual Education Plan (IEP). This document will provide families with general understanding of the variety of services the Special Education Department will be offering during this period.
Special Education Staff will:
- Provide special education and related services in the IEP through multiple modalities: online learning websites, online instructional materials, paper packets, instructional videos, etc.
- Individualize materials to meet the needs of each student based on their Individualized Education Program.
- Individualize access to online learning programs and tools.
- Collaborate with general education teachers, related service providers and administrators, as needed.
- Regularly collaborate with families through phone conferences and emails.
- As appropriate, provide virtual learning sessions with individual students, with parent permission.
- Provide weekly office hours to families and students.
- Continually monitor student progress and adjust services as needed.
- Follow national and state guidance on the procedures and delivery of services for students with IEP’s.
Please Note: As we continue this journey in Distance Learning, the district plan will adjust as needed in order to make the best effort to deliver the highest quality of services in light of the circumstances.
Response to Intervenion (RTI)
RTI is an integrated approach to service delivery that encompasses general, remedial and special education through a multi-tiered service delivery model. It utilizes a problem solving framework to identify and address academic and behavioral difficulties for all students using scientific, research-based instruction.
American Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA (42 U.S.C. § 12101) is a civil rights law that prohibits discriminationbased on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations
In Georgia, a gifted education student is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her ability(ies).
Student Support Teams (SSTs)
Student Support Teams (SSTs), required in every Georgia public school, are teams of educators who meet to solve the academic and behavioral problems that students sometimes have.
Overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals whose physical or mental impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities, including:
- Caring for one's self
- Performing manual tasks
The Quitman County Schools Special Education Department strives to provide a complete range of services and supports for children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. It is essential that we work interdependently and dutifully by providing assistance related to programming, professional learning, training of personnel, and assuring compliance with legal due process issues. The Special Education Department is committed to providing the assistance needed to ensure that all children with disabilities are receiving the most appropriate services possible.
This includes individualized instruction to meet a student's educational and social needs in an effort to prepare the student for post-secondary education and/or employment and independent living. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that provides for the education of students with disabilities. All students with disabilities, ages 3-21, have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, with their non-disabled peers, based on identified needs included in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
For additional information contact:
Director of Student Support Services
215 Kaigler Road
Georgetown, Georgia 39854
215 Kaigler Road
Georgetown, Ga 39854
Alexis Farley, Special Education Teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Taylor, Special Education Teacher - email@example.com
Lynne Baker, Special Education Teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick Drake, Special Education Teacher - email@example.com
Evon Belflower, Paraprofessional - firstname.lastname@example.org
Annie Banks, Paraprofessional - email@example.com
Brianca Allen, Paraprofessional - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie Parker, Speech Pathologist - email@example.com
Courtney Murphy - Special EducationTeacher- firstname.lastname@example.org
Kasey Parker -Special EducationTeacher- email@example.com
Contract Services, Vision Specialist - firstname.lastname@example.org