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  • Alert:

    As we all know, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all travel has been severely restricted and non-essential businesses have been closed.  This means that Spring Break plans for almost everyone has been canceled.

    With this in mind, we are amending the school calendar for next week and these days will now be school days.  Due to this change, the last day of school for Estill County will now be May 14th

    This change will allow us to keep our students on a routine that will ensure a continuation of instruction and other services.  All staff will still be available for our families and food service will continue to serve breakfast and lunch.  For any family that still has plans for this coming week, your student can complete their work at your discretion.

    We will have further information tomorrow concerning the distribution on new NTI packets for days 11 – 20 as well as the return of work completed during the past 10 days.

  • Alert:

    As a reminder, ALL Estill County athletic facilities are now closed to the general public.

    Also, with the school closures, the KHSAA has suspended all spring sports and declared a dead period ending on April 19, 2020, at midnight.

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March 17, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Families of Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs):
 
During this time of school closures due to COVID-19, there are some important things to
remember. Any actions taken by a district or school regarding closures are for the safety of all
students, families, school personnel and community members. As districts are determining the
most appropriate steps to ensure student and staff safety, we want to provide you with guidance
relating to students with disabilities and their services. It is extremely important for families and
schools to collaborate and communicate regarding services for students with disabilities.
 
What will happen to my child’s services when school is canceled for all students due to
COVID-19?
 
1. If a school closure causes educational services for all students to stop, then the district is
generally not required to provide services to students eligible for special education
services during that same period of time (See OSEP Letter to Pergament, December
2013). This general standard is especially true in cases where the school district still will
provide the required minimum of school days.
 
2. After an extended closure, districts are responsible for reviewing how the closure
impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students eligible for
special education services. Students may need additional services or extended school year
services to make up missed services.
 
3. If annual Individual Education Program (IEP) reviews or eligibility reviews are due
during a school closure, please work closely with your school to have the Admissions and
Release Committee (ARC) meeting as soon as school is back in session or through
alternate means, such as video or audio conference calls.
 
What will happen to my child’s services when a school is closed but educational services
continue to be provided through the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program?
 
1. If a local school district elects to utilize Kentucky’s NTI Program to provide educational
opportunities to the general student population, then the district also must ensure that
students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities, including the
provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education. Districts should be communicating
with parents and guardians prior to, during and after NTI days regarding their child’s IEP services. Districts and schools will work to ensure that all students receive services to the most appropriate extent possible.
2. Although special education or related services may need to be adjusted, districts must provide IEP services during NTI days. Districts may provide IEP services through an alternative means, such as curriculum-based schoolwork packets, online learning or some other learning adapted to the student’s needs and location.
3. ARCs are responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students with IEPs. Each student’s ARC must make an individual determination to decide whether the student requires compensatory education to make up for any skills that may have been lost because the student did not receive educational benefit due to missed IEP services.
4. If annual IEP reviews or eligibility reviews are due during NTI days, please work closely with your school to meet as soon as school is back in session or through alternate means, such as video or audio conference calls.
 
Additional guidance:
• ”Non-Regulatory Guidance Regarding the Implementation of the Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) for Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) During Novel Coronavirus Pandemic”
• KDE’s COVID-19 webpage
• U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Please direct student-specific questions to your local director of special education. For general questions, you may wish to contact a consultant within the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Early Learning by calling (502) 564-4970.




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