Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope you and your family are doing well during this unprecedented time! As you are all aware, the COVID-19 restrictions implemented by Governor Wolf have placed school districts in the unprecedented situation of school closures that will extend into the summer months, therefore, requiring Extended School Year (ESY) programs to be delivered virtually and online. The School District's continuity of education plan includes providing ESY services to eligible student, albeit utilizing an online, virtual format as a result of the Governor's school closures.
From the first day our schools were closed, March 13, the Armstrong School District began providing individualized instructional packets and on-line instruction and related services for all of our students in order to provide continuity of educational services during the school closure. The School District will continue to provide your child with a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) during this time. Students with disabilities have access to online instructional materials and communication with educators through Google Classroom, Canvas, Facebook, Screencastify, Loom, Zoom, Remind, Class Dojo, Seasaw and Google Hangout. Related service providers will continue to collaborate and consult with special education teachers, students and parents throughout this process.
During group services through an on-line platform, it is not possible to ensure student privacy. During virtual group instruction, student’s names and faces may appear on a screen. Further, the virtual group instruction format could provide opportunities for individuals in other student’s households to observe the therapy sessions. As a reminder, the District will not share health and educational information with third parties without written parental consent. This letter serves to notify our families of the District’s good faith effort to provide therapies and opportunities for socialization during this unique time.
The Armstrong School District plans to continue moving forward with providing group virtual instruction, including ESY, when appropriate, unless the District receives written notification of a family’s desire to opt out due to privacy concerns or preference to not have ESY. By allowing your child to participate in group virtual instruction you agree and understand that your child may be viewed by others in the course of the delivery of services. If you do not consent, or if you wish to forgo your child's ESY program, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child is currently has ESY listed in the IEP, the ESY instructor will be contacting you in the near future to plan your child's virtual ESY schedule. Please let your ESY instructor know if you plan to participate in the ESY program, opt out of the ESY program, or if you are undecided. Your decision may be changed at any time.
Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. As additional information becomes available, we will keep you updated. If you have any concerns about your ability to access online programming or virtual services, please contact your child’s special education teacher to discuss resources and/or alternatives for the implementation of your child’s program. Please feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com.
Dr. Matthew L. Pawk, Coordinator of Special Education and Psychological Services
Dr. Michael C. Glew, Coordinator of Special Education and Pupil Services