Updates for Special Education Students and Families

Last Updated: 7/15/2020 3:10 PM

9/4/2020

Dear BASD Parent or Guardian,

In order to best meet the needs of our students as we transition back into the school environment, our special education teachers are using various resources and platforms to offer instruction and support.  For some of our students that are participating in our Butler Cyber Learning Program, our teachers and therapists may be live streaming through Google Meet to interact with our students. This could occur with individual students, in small groups, or with whole classrooms.  With live streaming, we are unable to control who else may be in the room when a student is receiving these services remotely. However, maintaining confidentiality remains a priority for both students participating remotely from their home and for students included in instruction in the classroom.

For students participating remotely from home, the Butler Area School District expects that all families review and implement the following guidelines and expectations to ensure that the confidentiality rights of all students are protected when live videos are used.  

  1. Parent or Guardian shall make every effort to ensure that no one other than the student scheduled to participate can see or hear the live virtual session.  

  2. No recordings will be made by the parent, guardian, or student of virtual live sessions.

  3. If parental or other third-party involvement in a virtual live session is necessary to enable a student to participate, the individual assisting the student shall not re-disclose any personally identifiable information about any student participating.

For students participating in our classrooms when live streaming is occurring, we have the same expectations.  Our teachers will also work to limit personal identifiable information during instruction.

Thank you for your support. Please contact your child’s teacher or therapist with specific questions or concerns. 

Thank you,
 

Aaron Royhab

Director of Special Education

 

8/19/2020

Dear Parent or Guardian of Students with and IEP or 504 Plan:

The purpose of this letter is to expand on the information provided by Dr. White, Butler Area School District Superintendent, regarding Pennsylvania Department of Education’s mandate that face coverings must be worn in our schools. 

As previously stated, the school district’s Special Education Department is authorized to exempt a student that already has a relevant identified disability and IEP or 504 plan. Specifically, if the student’s current educational program includes documentation in line with their potential inability to safely wear or tolerate a face covering, their IEP will be revised accordingly.  In some cases, the team might develop a plan to build up the student’s tolerance to wear the covering over time, and in other situations this might not be possible due to the student’s level of need.  

Each student’s situation may be different due to their identified medical condition, mental health needs, or relevant disability.  However, the following procedures will need to be followed for a student with a current IEP or 504 plan to seek an exemption to wear a face covering.

  1. Contact your child’s IEP case manager, Building Principal, or the Special Education office if you feel your child may not be able to wear a face covering due to their documented disability.  

  2. Give permission for your child’s IEP team to revise their IEP or 504 plan accordingly, which would either exempt the student from wearing a mask or outline a plan to help your child work toward being able to tolerate wearing a face covering for predetermined periods of time.

  3. When applicable, your child’s case manager may provide your student with an “exemption pass” to keep with them at all times.  

  4. If possible, when a student is exempt from wearing a mask, the student is to be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian.

  5. * If the IEP team is not in agreement with the correlation between the student’s level of need as outlined in their documentation and the request to exempt the use of a face covering, a team meeting with the school district will be offered.  The parent can also provide further documentation from a medical provider.

  6. * If a student does not currently have an IEP or 504 plan that documents a relevant disability that may impact their ability to wear a face covering, the parent can follow the procedures outlined in previous correspondence on our district website.  This outlines how to provide the school district with the required documentation from a medical provider.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Case Manager, Building Principal, or my office.
 

Aaron Royhab
Director of Special Education
Butler Area School District 

 

7/20/2020

Students with IEPs and the 2020-2021 school year -- what families need to know! Carole Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education will provide an overview for families of key components of the guidance being provided to school. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

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Students with IEPs

 

7/6/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of students receiving Special Education services at the Butler Area School District,

I hope you and your family are well.  Thank you for your flexibility and support as our district worked through remote learning during the 2019-2020 school year.  It has been a challenging endeavor and we hope we were successful in meeting the needs of your child during this unprecedented time for our schools and community.  

As we work toward developing plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize the concern that many of our students and families still have regarding all that has occurred. In an attempt to continue providing support to students that receive special education services, the following areas are a focus for our department this summer.   

  • We are providing remote Extended School Year (ESY) programming for eligible students this summer July 13 - July 24, 2020.  Families of eligible students have already been notified.   Please contact my office if you have any questions.
  • We will be outlining opportunities for K-12 students in August to focus on transitioning back to the school environment.  (Information will be provided soon regarding this opportunity for students to safely visit our buildings.)
  • Seven weeks of “Summer Fun” activities will be posted weekly on our website. These activities are geared towards grades K-6 and focus on academic core areas.  If your child is working through these activities and needs assistance, please contact my office or your building principal to review opportunities for support.  
  • We are also working with Butler County and Butler City supporting their annual summer camps this year.  If you need information about these opportunities or if your child is attending and you anticipate they will need support, let us know.  We will be providing consultative services to these camps and can explore other ways to support your child based on their needs this summer.

Please contact my office or your building principal if you have any questions or would like more information about any of the information outlined above.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Aaron Royhab
Director of Special Education
Butler Area School District
724-214-3121

 

6/22/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of students receiving Special Education services at the Butler Area School District,

I hope you and your family are well.  Thank you for your flexibility and support as our district worked through remote learning during the 2019-2020 school year.  It has been a challenging endeavor and we hope we were successful in meeting the needs of your child during this unprecedented time for our schools and community.  

As we work toward developing plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize the concern that many of our students and families still have regarding all that has occurred.  In an attempt to continue providing support to students that receive special education services, the following areas are a focus for our department this summer.   

  • We are providing remote Extended School Year (ESY) programming for eligible students this summer July 13 - July 24, 2020.  Families of eligible students have already been notified.   Please contact my office if you have any questions.
  • We will be outlining opportunities for K-12 students in August to focus on transitioning back to the school environment.  (Information will be provided soon regarding this opportunity for students to safely visit our buildings.)
  • Seven weeks of “Summer Fun” activities will be posted weekly on our website.  These activities are geared towards grades K-6 and focus on academic core areas.  If your child is working through these activities and needs assistance, please contact my office or your building principal to review opportunities for support.  
  • We are also working with Butler County and Butler City supporting their annual summer camps this year.  If you need information about these opportunities or if your child is attending and you anticipate they will need support, let us know.  We will be providing consultative services to these camps and can explore other ways to support your child based on their needs this summer.

Please contact my office or your building principal if you have any questions or would like more information about any of the information outlined above.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Aaron Royhab
Director of Special Education
Butler Area School District
724-214-3121