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Educational Resources For Students And Families

Supplemental Educational Resources 3.19.20

Updated Information For Families

Dear Georgetown Community Members,

I understand that the recent public health mandated district closures have been extremely challenging for all families, and particularly complex for families of students with disabilities. I appreciate your collaboration and support as we all navigate this difficult time as a school community. Consistent with federal and state guidelines, while our school district is closed during this ongoing public health emergency, we are not providing any educational services, including special education services, to any students during this period of school closure. Georgetown Public Schools has carefully weighed the significant safety and equity concerns and has decided that all services including home services, evaluations, and tutoring must remain closed.

I appreciate everyone understanding that we are in unprecedented times, and everyone is doing the best they can under the circumstances to ensure students have equal access to enrichment resources. Georgetown Public Schools is providing optional enrichment activities for all students that can be found on the district website, in additon to resources provided individually by teachers.  I appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this process. The resources sent home to students are for enrichment only and not intended to replicate learning or modifications in a school day. They are not required, and will not be counted or graded by the district. Teachers are doing their best to help families keep students engaged in practice of previously learned skills, and providing materials to make them as accessible as possible under the circumstances.   The combination of modified materials and alternative enrichment resources that special educators have been adding ensure that all students have equal access to enrichment activities during this difficult time.  Special education staff are happy to connect with you on ideas about how to make the activities more accessible for your individual child. Teachers and providers are also available for check-ins and may answer questions about the materials and resources provided, but will not be providing any direction instruction.

At present, I am not holding IEP meetings during the school closure.  However, I have asked Kris Oldoni and Katelin Kennedy to start reaching out to families to determine comfort levels with virtual meetings. I will be reassessing this possibility as we move through the school closure period.  Currently we do not have the necessary technology, procedures, and protocols in place to do this equitably and maintain our compliance and confidentiality requirements. We will reach out to reschedule your meeting when we have a better sense of our return date.

All My Best To My Georgetown Family,

Jack