Director of Special Programs Letter

Dear AA Parents,

 

As you have heard, Advantage Academy is implementing a distance learning platform for educational services beginning March 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Advantage Academy is following recommendations from the United States Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency.  Instruction and learning will take place through digital media and some will be provided in paper packets, depending on individual student and family needs.

 

As always, our students with disabilities will have access to all general education as well as services and supports from their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans.  We believe we will be able to implement most of these plans in the distance learning environment.  There may be some instances (e.g. occupational, physical therapy and behavior intervention plans) where we may not be able to fully implement your child’s IEP.  We are examining each child’s plan to determine how best to proceed while the school buildings are closed.  We value your input to determine how best to proceed with your child’s special education support and services during the disruption of services due to the health crisis.

If you have not already, very soon your child’s special education teacher will contact you to explain what services we will be able to provide during this time. You will have the option to accept the services or request a meeting to discuss your concerns.  At this time, all meetings will be held through Zoom, telephone, or Google Hangouts to protect the health of everyone involved.

 

Once we return to physical campuses, you may request that your child’s team meet to discuss any missed services during the time of distance learning.

 

You may contact your child’s special education teacher, principal, or the Special Programs office if you have any questions.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dr. Keisha Henderson

Director of Special Programs

Advantage Academy