Coventry Public Schools has developed plans for three models of reopening schools: K-12 Full Return Instructional Model, K-12 Hybrid Instructional Model and K-12 Distance Learning Instructional Model. Each plan delineates schedules, safety protocols, and expectations for students which, for the most part, apply to those students and staff under Pupil and Staff Support Services.
This plan covers special education practices and procedures to follow upon reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. During the initial school closure in March 2020, guidance from federal and state special education departments supported the implementation of special education services to the greatest extent possible. The same departments now acknowledge that special education services may look different depending on each of the educational models. Special education services will continue in alignment with Individualized Education Program (IEP) with a full return to school; adjustments may be needed when in the hybrid or distance learning instructional models.
At this time further guidance regarding special education procedures and practices is expected from the CSDE Special Education Division mid-August. This plan has been developed based on information received to date and knowing the needs of our Coventry students, families, and staff. Given this, revisions to align with recommendations from the CSDE will be made as needed.