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"Special Update: COVID 19" from NCDPI EC Division

Designated Virtual Learning Days Information for Parents

"Unique times call for unique measures,” which is the sentiment that describes addressing special education and related services during school closures. During this unexpected time, our partnership between home and school becomes critical. Governor Cooper issued an executive order directing school districts in North Carolina to close until May 15, 2020. Updates on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and recommendations from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and The Department of Public Instruction(DPI) change rapidly, and will undoubtedly result in adjustments to our plans and procedures, so please stay tuned as things continue to evolve. Currently, our plans for addressing services, evaluations and IEP meetings with your child during home learning are as follows:

 

IEP:

Although IEP services will look different, they will be implemented and our staff is up for the challenge and ready to go.  I have asked our licensed special education staff to be in touch with you and on a weekly basis whether through phone calls or online.

 

Evaluation:

As much as possible, Evaluations and Reevaluations, as well as annual IEP meetings, will continue as scheduled virtually. There will be no face to face meetings.  Families not comfortable with virtual meetings may let the EC teacher know and meetings will be held when school is back in session in May.   Although most assessments will not be able to be completed by phone or virtually, some parts/pieces can be such as parent/teacher interviews, screeners and checklists. Most assessments as well as any initial evaluations requiring parent permission will require face-to-face time with student or parent.  In those circumstances, we may need to defer on those sections of assessments until school is reopened, but we are going to make every effort to complete as much of the evaluation as planned if they can be completed virtually and we already have signed parent permission. We appreciate in advance your patience, flexibility, and partnership on this.

 

IEP Meeting:

All IEP meetings will be held virtually through phone or Google Meet/Hangout conferencing, which can be accessed by a home computer or phone with cellular service.  Once the meeting is scheduled through Google, a hyperlink to that meeting will be embedded in the calendar invite. Once received, just click on the link as the meeting is about to start. We’ve found it to be safe for privacy and easy to use.  In the event it is not feasible for you to use this technology, participation in meetings by ordinary telephone conferencing can be effective.

Designated Virtual Learning Days

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2019 CCPS EC Educator of Excellence: Ashley Schultz

Mission Statement

To graduate students prepared to be productive citizens.

 

Our Vision and Commitment to You:  to ensure every student is provided with an individualized set of supports and services to graduate and become successful adults engaged in the community.

 

Special Education is a service, not a place.

Administration and Office Staff

 

Kim Sarver, EC Director

kim.sarver@carteretk12.org

Phone:252-728-4583, ext. 160147

Crystal Burke, EC Assistant Director

crystal.burke@carteretk12.org

Phone: 252-728-4583, ext. 160146

Heather Carpenter, EC Data Manager/Assistive Technology Assistant/Medicaid

heather.carpenter@carteretk12.org

Phone: 252-728-4583, ext. 160136

Joanie Brand Hudson, EC Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper

joanie.brandhudson@carteretk12.org

Phone: 252-728-4583, ext. 160132

 

The Exceptional Children Department located at the Central Services office is open from 7:30 until 5:00.  

Central services is located at:

107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516

Phone: 252-728-4583, Fax: 252-728-3028

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