CLUSTER V SPECIAL EDUCATION CO-OP
LONNA W. CLINCH, PhD SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR
|BRACKETT||SABINAL ISD – FISCAL AGENT||LEAKEY|
|D’HANIS||P.O. Box 577||NUECES CANYON|
|KNIPPA||SABINAL, TEXAS 78881||UTOPIA|
|PHONE: 830-988-2341||FAX: 830-988-2366|
|March 23, 2020|
At this time of COVID-19 pandemic, your school district has closed schools and provide instruction through instructional packets. Due to your student’s having been identified as a student requiring special education services and support, I wanted to provide you with additional information concerning your child’s instructional services during these very difficult and challenging times.
Your student’s special education services are determined by an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meeting which is held at least annually. At that meeting you and your student’s school planned the needed accommodations, modifications and instruction for this school year. Those plans were followed until March 16, 2020 when the district and then Governor Abbott declared all schools closed and directed alternatives instructional methods be used.
The district special education staff and the Cluster 5 Special Education Cooperative that provides support services to the district have been advised to put the health and safety of your student, you and that of the teachers and therapist first. We are not able at this time to provide your student the same level of instructional and support services as your child received while in classes. The instructional packets provided to your student reflect your student’s accommodations, modifications and instructional levels. However, the direct instruction provided by the special education teacher, the assistance provided by special education paraprofessionals, therapy provided by Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist are not available to your student until your district resumes services.
Please be assured your district and Cluster 5 staff will work together and with you to determine whether and to what extent your student requires compensatory services when your district resumes normal operations. If you have any questions concerning the scope of the services that will not be provided to your student during this time and possible compensatory services, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or me.
All of us in special education and the district appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we face this extraordinary challenge.
Lonna W Clinch, PhD
Special Education Director