Letter to Families
April 2, 2020
To Cheney Public Schools Families of Students with Disabilities:
Cheney Public Schools continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and community as we navigate these unprecedented school closures. Starting on Tuesday, March 24 educational resources and activities were made available to families through a variety of means with the intent of keeping students engaged. Additionally, most families were contacted by school staff during the week of March 23. We continue to work alongside our colleagues in the teaching and learning department, and want to assure you that the District is committed to equitably meeting the needs of our students with disabilities.
We continue to receive and review guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on state expectations and recommendations. We have also had the opportunity to collaborate with our regional colleagues as we develop plans to meet the needs of our students. Special education staff started meeting during the week of March 23 and will continue this week, to collaborate and think creatively about how to provide resources and educational activities that are appropriate for our students. We have asked case managers to contact families this week and next week to check-in and discuss options and supports needed for your student.
We are also developing plans to safely hold IEP and re-evaluation meetings. In the immediate future, your student’s case manager or school psychologist will be contacting you about participating in upcoming or previously scheduled meetings. These meetings will be offered through phone or video conferencing at a mutually agreed upon date and time. Staff in the school district are currently learning these systems, as we were generally not prepared for meetings that maintain social distancing for health and safety and/or remote meeting participation. If you prefer to hold an in-person meeting after the school closure, please notify your child’s case manager or school psychologist.
The District will continue to provide ongoing communication to keep you informed. I will make sure to include specific information, as it becomes available, for our families of students with disabilities. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Family/Community Question Line at (509) 559-4580 or email@example.com.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make progress toward these new educational horizons.
Director, Student Support Services