March 17, 2020
The purpose of this communication is to provide information about the school closure.
The Governor has announced a state of emergency and has specifically designated the period of time from March 18-March 28 be used to plan for distance learning. Consistent with the Governor’s order, all educational services, including special education services and timelines are suspended during this time period.
The intent of the next ten days is to provide teachers and service providers with time to plan for the provision of distance learning to students should school be closed past March 30th. In keeping with the Governor’s order and MDE guidance, the following are noted:
- IEP meetings scheduled to occur between March 18 to March 28th are postponed and will be rescheduled once school is back in session.
- Should school sites remain closed past March 28th case managers will institute distance learning plans in order to implement your child’s plan to the greatest extent possible if school sites remain closed.
- If we need to get special education paperwork to you during school closure, it will be mailed using the U.S. Postal Service.
Teachers may email you with additional activities that would be beneficial for your child during school closure. These materials are NOT meant to replace instruction or IEP services during this time. Below you will find online resources available to children and families:
- Minnesota Department of Education
- Links to companies that are offering learning activities and resources:
As always, please take care of yourself and your families during this time. I wish you all well.
Kate Emmons, Director
Special education includes a wide array of programs and services designed to meet the needs of learners with disabilities. Special education and support services are available to learners, ages birth to 21, who have not graduated and who have been identified as needing specialized instructional services.
Programs and services include:
- Early Childhood Special Education
- K-12 Resource Special Education
- K-12 Center-based programs:
- ACHIEVE serves students who have significant emotional and behavioral challenges and require special education services in a separate site
- Osseo Secondary Transition Center serves students who need assistance in making the transition from school to life in the community
- Community-Based Vocational Assessment and Training Program (CBVAT)
- Low Incidence – District 287
- Developmental Adaptive Physical Education
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- School Psychology
- Social Work
- Speech and Language Pathology
Parent/Family Resources: District-sponsored
Osseo Area Source of Information and Support (OASIS)
OASIS is an information and support program for parents of children with various diagnoses and disabilities, and other learning and behavior differences. The group is open to all parents, caregivers, and staff.
Educators, students and families, you are welcome to join this FREE training on mental health and pertinent issues in school and the community. Remember, this is an opportunity for educators to gain access to FREE CEU’s! These trainings are provided in conjunction with District 279 and Prairie Care.