Student Services & Special Education
- Student Services and Special Education for PreK-8 In-District Students
- Students attending schools Out of District
- Resources for Families
- Frequently Asked Questions
If your child receives services from a special education teacher and gets support through an Individualized Education Program or has accommodations through a 504 Accommodation Plan, you will be contacted by your child’s case manager to discuss supports that will be provided during this period of emergency school closure. In addition, special education teachers will be working in collaboration with the classroom teachers and various other support staff to continue providing support for all students. If you have questions, please contact your child’s case manager.
Speech and Language
Each of our speech and language therapists will be directly in touch with each family to discuss how they might provide distance learning speech and language activities. This will be done on an individual basis.
If your child receives in school counseling services, a school psychologist or social worker will be contacting each family directly to design an individualized plan for continued support, if they have not done so already.
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Occupational and physical therapists have been in direct contact with each student's family, as well as the student’s classroom teacher, to determine ongoing supports.
Our BCBAs have been working directly with the special education teacher they are assigned to help them provide ongoing support to the student and family.
Our School Counselors have been reaching out to students and families and are available by email for assistance with resource links and other related services that students have.
For 8th grade students, plans continue to be developed for transition to 9th grade. More to follow once we have updates from CSDE.
Each personnel assigned as the 504 case manager will be in contact with families to discuss supports. They additionally will be working with classroom teachers on accommodations for classwork. If you have general questions, please contact your child’s case manager.
If your child attends another education facility setting outside of Norwich Public Schools (Magnet, Charter, or Special Education facility), your child’s school should be reaching out to you with communication if they have not already.
All schools have developed a distance learning plan. Please contact the school in which your child attends to get more information on the plan the school developed. If you have difficulty reaching the school, please let Evelyn Morales know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Families are encouraged to seek information and support through the Connecticut State Department of Education:
My child receives numerous support services - am I expected to replicate that at home?
Classroom support teachers are working very hard to provide students with continued supports in the distance learning environment. Any student that was receiving support services has been contacted by the student’s case manager. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with questions. If you have not had contact, please email Evelyn Morales at email@example.com
My child was supposed to have a PPT or a 504 meeting. How does this meeting get held during this period of a school closure?
At this time PPT and 504 meeting compliance is being discussed at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). They will issue recommendations on how to proceed. We will contact you should we need to hold a PPT or 504 meeting remotely prior to the CSDE recommendations. We need to consider needs as well as follow all laws pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our primary focus right now is on the health and safety of our students and staff.
My child was in the middle of being evaluated for eligibility for special education services. When will the evaluation be completed?
Most comprehensive evaluations require in-person testing for many aspects. We cannot do in-person testing at the current time. We will complete portions of evaluations to the extent possible, but resume evaluations as soon as school is no longer closed or if we receive additional guidance from CSDE.
My child has a disability and cannot access the distance learning activities posted on grade level sites. What do I do?
Please work with your child’s case manager to discuss other options to meet your child's individual needs to the extent possible during this period of school closure. Our teachers and administrators are here to help you.
How will special education teachers and related service providers provide supports?
Supports will be provided in various ways as in the following examples:
- Video of reading aloud
- Retelling with a graphic organizer
- Independent reading
- Decoding and fluency practice
- Speech/language activities
- OT/PT exercises
- Math fluency activities
- Social-emotional activities and assignments as well as possible direct contact (phone, Google video) with your student
- Videos (via email, SeeSaw, Google Classroom, etc.)
- Phone calls
- Learning websites
- Learning Apps
- Google slides