TIMELINES & REMINDERS
1. Special Education Budgets for the 2013-14 School Year: All Special Education purchase orders/requisitions for the 2013-14 school year must be received by April 1, 2014. For detailed information and instructions, please review the Intradistrict Communication memo that was recently sent to all principals and special education staff (2/26/14).
2. Special Education Transportation Requests for the 2014-15 School Year: Students who are attending self-contained support classes (SCSC) in schools outside of their neighborhoods, are provided transportation as a related service on their IEPs. In preparation for the 2014-15 school year, any students who meet the criteria listed below, MUST have a transportation request completed by the current IEP team and submitted to Beth Usui, Director of Special Education, by Friday, March 21, 2014:
- 6th grade students in self-contained support classes who will be attending a SCSC in their boundary middle school, and cannot get to school in the same manner as their siblings or peers in the neighborhood due to the nature and severity of the student’s disability.
- 9th grade students in a SCSC who will be attending their boundary high school, and cannot get to school in the same manner as their siblings or peers in the neighborhood due to the nature and severity of the student’s disability.
The Special Education or 504 Request for Transportation form is available in the Forms section of the Special Education Department Web site (folder: Transportation). Please remember the following guidelines when completing a transportation request for next year:
- The school year will be 2014-15.
- List the student’s school, grade, and teacher/contact person for the 2014-15 school year.
- List the name of the person completing the request.
- Send completed forms to Beth Usui, Director of Special Education.
3. IEPs and 3 Year Re-evaluations: All IEPs and 3 year re-evaluations due prior to October 15, 2014, must be updated by the sending school before files are delivered to the receiving school. Example: If a 6th grade student has an IEP or re-evaluation that will be due after the end of this school year and before October 15th of next school year, the current IEP team must update these documents before delivering the student’s file to the receiving school.
4. Agency Fair: The 2014 Agency Fair will be held at the Canyons School District Support Services Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This open-house event provides families an opportunity to learn about various community agencies that offer services and supports to students and adults with disabilities. Representatives from over 50 agencies will be available to provide information on a variety of services (i.e. family support programs, employment, guardianship, college with disability supports, independent living, etc.). Special educators and students with disabilities and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please share the following information with your students and their families:
- Agency Fair Information Flier 2014 – English
- Agency Fair Information Flier 2014 – Spanish
- Map – Agency Fair 2014, Canyons Support Services Center
5. UCAS Updates: Please use the USOE revised IEP Assessment Addendum (2-14-14) in lieu of the GoalView IEP assessment page, and refer to the Utah Participation and Accommodations Policy 2013-14 (revised 2-14-14) for updated information regarding Resources and Accommodations. Both of these documents are posted in the Forms section of the Special Education Web site (folder: UCAS).
- Calculators and SAGE Mathematics Assessment: Question: Why aren’t calculators permitted on certain parts of the SAGE Mathematics Assessment for grades 3-6? Response: The decision was made based on the Utah Core Standards and how students should be instructed on and learn the core curriculum. The assessment items match the expectations outlined by the core curriculum, so the use of a calculator is not permitted on test items measuring a student’s ability to perform basic calculations, such as the ability to fluently multiply or divide numbers. A student may use “visual representations” (e.g., manipulatives) throughout the math assessments, as long as it is written into the IEP. Additional sources of information:
- ACT Accommodations: Question: Now that students in 11th grade are required to take the ACT, who is responsible for making arrangements for test accommodations? Response: Accommodations for the ACT are very specific and are determined by ACT, not the IEP team. Typically, one school counselor deals with all requests for accommodations, but that may vary by school. More information about accommodations allowed, documentation, etc., may be downloaded at ACT Services for Students with Disabilities.
6. Requesting Student Records from Private Service Providers: When student records are requested from a private service provider (i.e., Primary Children’s Medical Center, etc.), teams may be charged for the cost of copying and mailing the records. Do not request any records without knowing if there will be a charge. It is recommended that teams ask parents to provide copies of records in their possession.
INFORMATION AND OTHER NEWS
1. Praxis 5169 Prep Classes: The second Praxis Prep cohort began on March 5, 2014 and will continue on the following dates: March 12, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th. All classes are held from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at the Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) (230 W. 200 S.). The classes are free and open to current secondary special educators. Participants must register through Ontrack; the course number is 59780.
2. Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship: The Seattle Foundation, on behalf of the Microsoft disAbility Employee Resource Group, is offering a $5000.00 scholarship to students with disabilities who are planning on attending college. For more information on the scholarship and application requirements, please click on the following link: Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship.
I consider Ms. Beuchert an inspiration to both faculty and students. She has encouraged all of us to expand our horizons beyond the walls of the school into the community. I believe that her vision for community integration is central to the field of special education and she has gone way beyond the scope of her employment and role to facilitate students’ transition to the world of work. ~Abby Gottsegen, Ph.D., School Psychologist, South Valley School
Peggy is an exceptional paraeducator, who has worked in a variety of special education settings throughout Jordan School District. Congratulations, Peggy!
4. Upcoming Events: Please refer to the Special Education Department Professional Development page for more information regarding classes, registration and other class details.