COVID-19 and Special Services
Marble Falls ISD will ensure that students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), and each student with a disability will be provided the special education and related services identified in the student's individualized education program (IEP) or 504 Plan.
Students with disabilities will follow the same guidance and protocols as their general education peers with special consideration given to meet their individual needs. Special education instructional and related services will be provided to students enrolled in both In-Person instruction and Remote Instruction in accordance with the ARD/IEP or 504 Plan. In addition, special education instructional and related services will be provided to students virtually when the district/campus/classroom is operating remotely and/or implementing Remote Only Instruction.
For students who are entitled to instructional and related services and who choose to enroll in MFISD’s Remote Instruction, an ARD meeting will be required to convene to discuss appropriate supports and services to ensure their needs are met through the virtual instructional delivery model.
According to TEA’s Students with Disabilities Planning Supports Guidebook SY 20-21, “An LEAs obligation to provide FAPE remains unchanged. Specialized instruction and related services must continue to be provided to students with disabilities if those services are deemed necessary for the student to receive FAPE. Revisions to the IEP may be necessary to ensure that the student’s needs are addressed during times of on-campus and remote learning. ARD committees should review how FAPE will be provided in the different learning environments and review a student’s IEP carefully to determine whether any changes are needed. Both parents/guardians and school staff should strive for flexibility, frequent communication, and collaboration. (2020)”
According to TEA’s Students with Disabilities Planning Supports Guidebook SY 20-21, “Special education and related services are provided through a variety of service delivery methods depending on a student’s unique needs and specific goals. Teachers and administrators should think about the provision of services in the remote instructional environment in a way that mirrors on-campus lesson planning. In the on-campus classroom, teachers plan for the provision of instruction within the timeframe of the class (e.g., 45 minutes, 60 minutes). Students may spend a portion of that time receiving direct, explicit instruction from the teacher (akin to synchronous delivery) and a portion of that time in which they are working independently, turning in assignments, and receiving feedback (akin to asynchronous instruction).
Synchronous service delivery techniques in the remote instructional setting may include, but are not limited to, whole group, small group, or individual teaching using telephone calls, video calls, chats, etc.
Asynchronous delivery could include, but is not limited to, students watching videos, listening to audio recordings, and working on independent assignments coupled with teacher check-ins for understanding and feedback.”
Accordingly, MFISD will follow the guidance set forth by TEA in this guidance document. Instruction will be commensurate to the school day and teachers will follow all guidance set forth by TEA, and the MFISD Remote Learning Document.
Special Services Questions and Answers/Preguntas y respuestas de servicios especiales:
- How do I access the Parent Portal? Click on this Parent Portal Link for a quick tutorial: Parent Portal Tutorial
- I cannot see the documents in my browser. This could be an error with your computer's PDF reader. Your PDF reader may need to be reinstalled or updated. If you can, try to access the documents from another computer or device.
- I can't log in. When you receive your first email and document through the Parent Portal you will need to reset your password. Choose the 'Forgot your password?' link on the login screen and follow the directs to reset/create a password.
- What do I do if my email address has changed? 1. Log in to SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS (where you check grades), Click on ACCOUNT, Select your child, Go to STUDENT INFO, Select REQUEST CHANGES FOR... from upper right hand corner, then choose FAMILY INFORMATION,,,, this is where you will update your information. 2. Email your student's case manager and request that all documents be shared to your new address. Your previous account will still exist and contain all of the documents previously shared with you. If you cannot do 1 or 2, click here to Email Amy Hoffmans.
Resources Specifically for Special Education:
- Apps for Kids with Special Needs
- SMORE: Special Academic Resources for Children
- Special Needs for Special Kids
Physical Activities Resources The links provide resource to support physical activities for students. Careful consideration of physical capabilities should be taken into account
- SHAPE America: Activities to use with early childhood students to facilitate physical activity.
- MarathonKids: General adaptations to physical activities.
Adult Transition Services (ATS) The links provide resources for students who are currently receiving Adult Transition Services.
- Texas Transitions: On this site you will find further resources on self-determination, education/training, employment, and independent living.
- Garrett Center: This website provides information and resources on transition and other special education topics to educators and families of students from early childhood through 18+
Autism Strategies/Training Resources The links provide supports for students with Autism.
- School Closure Kit: From Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership - For a child with autism, visual supports can help to decrease anxiety and increase independence across all settings. This toolkit provides you with all that you will need to help structure your child’s day at home, no matter his/her age.
- Autism Teaching Strategies: Supports and Strategies to facilitate appropriate social, emotional and communication skills for students.
- Visual Schedule: Visual schedule to support learning at home
Behavior Support Resources The links will provide resources to support students who have behavioral challenges, or self -regulating behaviors.
- Do2Learn: Library of resources: Tips and tools, games, and songs to support behavior
- IBBCES: IBCCES provides information on Autism Spectrum Disorders and 15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum
COVID-19 Visual Supports The links provide visual supports to be prepared for the COVID-19 Virus.
- Dealing with COVID-19: Curated resources for those working with individuals who have developmental disabilities.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources The links below will provide resources to support students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
- ASL Books: ASL books for young children
Dyslexia and Reading Resources The links provide resources for students who are Dyslexic or have reading challenges.
- Reading Bear: Reading Bear targets learning letter sounds, provides videos and quizzes
- Dance Mat Typing: Fun games to learn touch typing
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE/PPCD) Resources The links provide resources that will support students who currently being serviced through Early Childhood or PPCD.
- Circle Family Activities: CLI Engage: Preschool hands on activities that families can do at home
- Starfall: Starfall - Math, language arts, & music
Literacy Supports The links provide you resources to literacy supports.
- Rewordify: Simplifies complex text. Useful for Specific Learning Disability (SLD) students with weaknesses in vocabulary comprehension
- Hippocampus: Video instruction for secondary students who need audio and visuals to assist with focus
- Visuwords: Visual dictionary and thesaurus
Math Resources The links provide resources to support math learning.
- Mathwords: Math resource with easy readable explanations. Scaffolded Math supports
- Virtual Manipulatives: Online manipulatives for math K-12; can choose manipulatives for any math problems
Resources for Students with Cognitive Challenges The links provide resources for students with Cognitive Challenges.
- Web Games: Accessible Games
Social Skills Supports The links will provide resources and supports for Social Skills.
- Social Stories: Social Narratives, Power Cards, and Visual Supports
- Social Emotional Skills: Activities and Lessons for a variety of social and emotional skills for elementary and middle school aged students
Speech Language and Communication The links will provide resources to support speech and language communication.
- Speech & Language Therapy Online Resources: FOX 13 Memphis article that gives links to online resources for students that are currently in speech and language therapy.
- Mommy Speech Therapy: Website for practical speech therapy activities for home practice.
- AAC Online Resources: Great website with many tools and resources for working with students with communication impairments.