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NH Special Education Update
Catherine Woods
01:51
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Rebecca Fredette
03:15
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03:50
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04:41
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Mary T. Lane
05:01
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09:29
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Catherine Woods
09:46
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09:51
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09:57
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12:25
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Kim Milliken
13:02
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13:28
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susanmerrell
13:38
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Suzzanne Wheeler
13:55
Please add my e mail as Director of Student Services:
Margaret Beauchamp
14:20
Meg Beauchamp - Director of Student Services SAU 39
Suzzanne Wheeler
14:28
wheelers@gccs-nh.org
Ms. Noel
14:52
Please add my email as Director of Special Education.
Ms. Noel
15:04
Elizabeth.noel@windhamacademy.org
A. Szumiesz
15:37
Please add my email as Special Ed. Director
A. Szumiesz
15:56
aszumiesz@capitalcitycharter.com
lkeliher
18:40
Please add my email: lkeliher@seresc.net
Andra Hall
19:09
hav
Melissa Moyer
19:41
Please add my email as well - melissa.moyer@tfanh.org
Andra Hall
20:35
has the order for paraeducators/ rehab assistants been clarified
Kathy
20:36
What if the sending district refuses to provide face to face services for small groups for IEP's.?
aweaver
20:37
Please add the following emails: John Tuttle- jtuttle@eastersealsnh.org; Aisha Weaver- aweaver@eastersealsnh.org; and Keith Antaya-kantaya@eastersealsnh.org
elliottc
21:34
Please add colleen.elliott@crotchedmountian.org and ami.okeefe@crotchedmountain.org
Martha Miller
21:34
Can districts decide NOT to offer Tier 2 (on-site)?
Margaret Beauchamp
23:15
what is your guidance around students who attend private programs in other states that are closed and not providing remote learning
Becky Forrestall
23:21
Can you speak a little about how access to general education may look different, given that general education right now looks different? Are families feeling that “one hour of speech” for example, is automatically a “one hour of speech”compensatory? General education is not necessarily 6.5 hours a day right now….so it is not exactly a clear or Clean translation for compensatory ed…..I hope that makes sense.
mparadise
23:33
Compensatory services should be based on where the student is when this is all said and done, not just for missed services if FAPE was provided which allowed progress towards their goals.
Meg Bentley
23:37
To add on to Martha's question, many of our schools are closed to the public, so we are not able to provide on-site learning. Are there ideas for this option?
Martha Miller
24:13
Do NEW IEPs or expiring IEPs due for renewal need to be written with remote only in development? OR should new and expiring IEPs be developed as though we had all resources available?
Becky Forrestall
24:50
What is the DOE guidance on IEP development and placement right now?
Marcy Kelley
25:17
Do you anticipate tuition for OOD placements will be adjusted given the remote learning situation? While some may not be closed, many are doing remote learning only.
Kimberly
25:39
What do we do in the instance that neither parents nor students are responding to the district's attempts to provide remote services?
Becky Forrestall
25:58
Agree with Marcy- we are paying to hold spots, and now being told to hire additional private providers to give services….
Jane Grimm
26:42
What if a parent isn't making their student available for our offered services?
Allyson Vignola
26:50
will the NHDOE further define compensatory education and outline suggested data to be collected that demonstrates the need for compensatory education? Will there be funding available to school districts to assist in covering such costs? Also how does this apply to private special education schools who are contracted with LEA’s and have now moved from direct service to remote learning. If OOD providers who ARE closed, and are not able to provide the needed 1:1 services due to provider or family restrictions, what accountability measures will the NHDOE set forth?
Kimberly
27:08
Do we need to amend placement to reflect home instruction?
Kathy McK
27:15
Please speak about Interim Service plans and the need to issue a WPN
Ms. Noel
27:16
How do we provide evaluations that are in progress?
Mary Steady
27:41
Could you restate not amending IEPs? I feel like I missed something when you said we shouldn’t amend IEPs.
sreinhardt
27:54
If you are suggesting we don't amend IEPs during this time, what is your suggestion to make sure parents understand what we are offering
Andra Hall
28:08
do we need to amend the IEP if we are doing individual vs group services (group is stated in the IEP) or is it covered in the WPN?
susanmerrell
28:11
What is your guidance for parents who refuse remote learning- it is offered- they do not want to access
rborge
28:21
What is your guidance for potential compensatory services when families have not engaged in opportunities during remote learning. Staff are tracking availability of services as well as efforts for engaging parents and students in the process. What happens when families do not engage despite copious efforts?
Becky Forrestall
29:28
I think the issue is, with out of state, Massachusetts for example, is only doing enrichment. So, are our NH students covered with following enrichment only? Or is the DOE expecting us to replicate/provide remote learning for these students?
Ms. Noel
29:31
How does this play into EYP recommendations?
rborge
30:22
will there be published guidance relative to Comp Ed being driven by IEP team decisions rather than a 1:1 replacement?
Martha Miller
30:35
Has HOME become the Least Restrictive Environment for development of IEP purposes?
Kathy McK
30:44
Some districts are waiting to day 11 of closure to issue change of placement. Can you comment?
Mary Steady
30:46
I second Rachel’s question
santina.thibedeau
31:10
I think that we have to made a clarification between ESY services and making services up in the summer due to school closures
Becky Forrestall
31:16
Rachel’s question - exactly
Marianne Wiley
31:58
Please add mwiley@nashuaalc.org and awrobel@nashuaalc.org - Clearway Dir. & Spec. Ed. Coord.
sreinhardt
31:58
Santina - I agreed - this will be challenging for parents to understand
Becky Forrestall
32:00
Can you speak to the conflict between what came out about not doing evaluations for 504 during this time, but we are being held to IDEA evaluation timelines….
mikimcgee
32:43
Follow up to evaluation timelines:
Andra Hall
33:30
how are we getting signatures on
Andra Hall
33:53
documents including eligibility forms and IEPs
mparadise
34:23
Materials etc are in the buildings and we do not all have access to the buildings to get updated info for the new assessments...
mparadise
34:40
re-evals not new
mparadise
35:17
Can families agree to assess when school is back in session thus pushing out the 60 days?
ANNE LANDRY
35:35
Do we know when a decision will be made as far as extending the school closing?
Martha Miller
36:21
The answer to the IEP development (new and expiring) question means that we're promising the Cadillac knowing we only have Pintos on the lot.
Allison Plante
36:34
What do we do about initial evaluation timelines for students referred via early intervention? How do we manage this process?
Jennifer Dolloff
37:46
Will we be able to pay staff with grant money, as approved?
Kathy McK
38:22
If Interim Service Plans are needed, some staff and districts will need to provide more than 100+ plans with student specific WPN's. Is this the recommended process or is it more than needed?
santina.thibedeau
38:53
If you are rewriting the definition of compensatory education, would you also be identifying any new dispute resolution options for districts when there is a disagreement with parents?
Pamela Stimpson
39:28
Is it appropriate to write current annual or initial IEPs with services through June 30 as provided in the remote setting? The end date would ensure the team regroups once we return to school.
dwallace
39:28
so, if most of the DOE is working from home right now, I continue to struggle with asking our special educators to come in and provide small group instruction. We do not have control over the social distancing practices of those students and families that we may call in for services thus putting everyone at continued risk.
Becky Forrestall
39:44
Some of us do not even have a budget for 20-21, given our town meetings have been pushed back and not voted on. Any fiscal support or backing by the DOE would be greatly appreciated.
Caroline Arakelian
40:21
Interim service plans were referenced in the advisory from DrummondWoodsum.
Ms. Noel
40:24
Should charter schools that are providing special education services assume that we continue to provide services through a remote learning instructional model? Or do we need to solidify this agreement with each sending district?
Esther Kennedy
40:55
What are you going to do with Idea Grants?
Marcia Bagley
41:14
SInce many of our documents will be sent virtually, can the DOE ensure the Procedural Safeguards link is posted on their website.
Marcia Bagley
41:33
It's not currently available
Becky Forrestall
41:39
Would the DOE be willing to put the IEP amendment discussion into a memo or a document we can share with Superintendents and families, as needed?
Becky Forrestall
41:54
There is a lot of confusion on this. The IEP amendment issue
Caroline Arakelian
41:54
Agree with Marcia Bagley's request to please post safeguards on NHDOE website so we may refer parents to it.
Caroline Arakelian
43:07
It would be very helpful to have compensatory ed explicitly state that it is a team decision based on skills lost/regression and not necessarily 1-1 recovery of services not rendered.
Pamela Stimpson
43:23
I’d like to hear the answer to the question from Becky about Mass private placements
Kim Di Salvo
43:23
I would like to reallocate some IDEA money to provide needed technology to students. Will the approval process be easier - faster - so we can get this out to students.
Kimberly
43:24
I think may of us have the same question as Becky since enrichment is impacting a large amount of students placed in Mass schools.
Marcy Kelley
43:44
I also have the same question as Becky around the out of state schools
hristlocal
44:11
Initial evaluations - the process can just be stopped by the team deciding that the information in hand is not sufficient to determine that a disability exists, so student is found not eligible at this time . Stop the process and set a date to revisit the referral and begin the process again. Isn’t this the suggestion that has been given in the past for situation like multiple snow days, etc.
Mary Steady
44:21
I agree with Becky Forrestall’s comment about the DOE putting in writing a memo stating not to amend IEPs, that IEPs should be written knowing that we can provide services, and placement at home is not amend because all students are there…however, where does RR and self-contained fit into the situation?
Becky Forrestall
44:30
Sorry- was discussing out of district students who attend Massachusetts placements-
Jennifer Pomykato
44:57
If the DOE’s comp ed guidance document could compare/contrast the ESY decision making process that may help with these decisions.
rborge
45:04
I'm Rachel :)
Esther Kennedy
45:27
Do we know when the commissioner will make a decision about the April 3rd Date?
Esther Kennedy
46:40
will the state except an electric signature?
djackson
47:02
Becky Forrestall's question is something a lot of us are struggling with at this time. There is one specific school in MA providing minimal services and " enrichment".
mbattaglia
47:15
For new evaluations that are in process and can't be completed due to not doing in person evaluations at this time, should we not find the child eligible for now and then reactivate the process where we left off when school is back in session or when we are able to do an in-person evaluations? This would not be the same for re-evaluations. For Re-evals we would continue with eligibility until we can conduct evaluations in person. Do you agree with these suggestions?
susanmerrell
47:33
How will staff positions in IDEA be handled? Is it enough to document what staff are doing during the remote learning?
Sean Kotkowski
47:38
Should we be aiming to provide the stated number of minutes in service delivery grids? I.E. 1X60 minutes of reading instruction per 5 day cycle It seems as though regular ed students are being asked to complete a reduced workload during remote learning.
Jennifer Pomykato
47:44
Will the state accept parent emails confirming acceptance in lieu of signatures?
Esther Kennedy
47:53
I believe the 15 days start when we receive the referral?
Kristin Tevepaugh
48:40
Second Jen P.'s question, are emails satisfactory for acceptance?
Allison Plante
48:41
If the timeline is not changing, how do we evaluate for incoming three year olds? Can we use early intervention evals?
Esther Kennedy
49:39
Who is taking care of IDEA Grants. We might need to move funds.
Amy Rowe
49:43
Are out of state employees (like from Mass) considered essential employees if they are supporting our districts. Do you have any guidance on how to support these folks?
dwallace
51:09
so, if the parent agrees to produce the child for an evaluation but the evaluator refuses to conduct the evaluation, then what?
Marcia Bagley
53:35
We need the Safeguards available to parents to access
Karen Guercia
53:37
What are the Directors at the State level (across the country)doing to help OSEP understand our issues surrounding evaluations, IEPs and timelines
susanmerrell
54:18
Good question Karen
Sherry Burbank
55:07
would the bureau please assure that your messages and memos are being sent to every director? I did not get this invite until this morning.
kstaines
55:18
I am asking for MA students placed in NH schools We are providing real instruction and expect to bill for those services
Esther Kennedy
57:26
Will the state except an electric signature from families?
Becky Forrestall
57:51
Just to try and help with the Massachusetts question- Massachusetts as a state, is not providing any “general ed” other than enrichment for all students during this time. So, our students who we have placed in out of district placements, while technically are NH students, attend school in Mass who are using this enrichment guideline. They are not providing any special education, as that is not required for enrichment.
Becky Forrestall
58:11
So how do we deal with our NH students in Massachusetts placements, who are now at home, due to shut downs....
Pamela Stimpson
59:34
Is it appropriate to write current annual or initial IEPs with services through June 30 as provided in the remote setting? The end date would ensure the team regroups once we return to school.
Martha Miller
59:43
if we aren't feasibly able to provide (ex 5x60min/week) , but we ARE able to provide a blend of tech and activity to provide meaningful support that is less time, there is no need to amend the IEP from 5x60 to 2x30?
macneile
01:01:42
Thoughts on a student that was on a long term suspension and was being provided 10 hours of tutoring.
Amy Rowe
01:02:17
Can we set up a separate call for folks dealing with Mass programs and staff who live there. I think the issues stemming from MASS state orders and how they apply to NH.
Karen Guercia
01:02:28
Thanks Rebecca, can we start emailing them(OSEP) also, who should we send emails to?
Andra Hall
01:02:44
can you answer the electronic signature question please
Catherine Woods
01:02:48
Great idea, Amy!
susanmerrell
01:02:54
When you get additional guidance on electronic signatures… can we get email confirmation/electronic signature to implement IEP but also follow up with original? Our schools will not be able to check postal mail so having electronic would allow implementation
diana denitto
01:03:03
Will we have an extension on spending our IDEA funds that are due to close on September 30, 2020?
Sarah Souza
01:03:07
For grant questions please contact: Danielle.Younie@doe.nh.gov
Kathy McK
01:03:48
How are you suggesting our services are documented though a special education process vs just good documentation, given that you are are not suggesting or aware of Interim Service Plans , WPN and Parental Response.
Tom Starratt
01:03:53
Rebecca, you are not off your game. You are doing well. Thank you.
Jennifer Pomykato
01:04:16
As FYI, the NH School Administrators Association is sending a letter to our NH delegation outlining concerns regarding IDEA compliance with a cc to our Governor and Commissioner. I am guessing other Associations and individuals will follow suit. Also, this is a national effort of all superintendents.
Catherine Woods
01:04:21
Welcome to your job, Becky!!!
SAU44 Northwood
01:05:02
Can you please provide everyone the answers as some of us may have the same questions?
Becky Forrestall
01:05:15
Agree that all answers should go to all of us.
Jen Heise
01:05:25
Any info about including speech therapists, OT and PT in the Telehealth Medicaid information from last week?
mparadise
01:06:21
Thanks Becky, this was helpful. I understand we are all dancing as fast as we can (and my dancing is not pretty)!!
ANNE LANDRY
01:06:21
Can you include charter schools? I received a referral yesterday...after the parent agreed to wait to hold off on the process until after school resumes. It seems that we all need to work together now more than ever, not charter schools fighting public schools....
Ms. Noel
01:07:06
I agree with Anne. We need to cooperate and support each other more than ever, now.
Michelle Lewis
01:08:03
The Parent Information Center is working closely with the NH DOE and the Associations. We all need to work together and we are hearing amazing things happening across the state. Thank you for that. I echo what Becky has said multiple times, please continue to communicate with and support families.
Christine Gialousis
01:08:21
I have received emails regarding 402 corrections need to be made within 5 days. Will there be flexibility with this?
Kathy
01:08:25
what is your contact info again?
mikimcgee
01:08:36
Any changes for districts selected to send out parent surveys? I think parents are overwhelmed with communications and will be less likely to send them in, and how would we know if their responses are around their regular special ed or just remote special ed
Shelly Fagen
01:08:42
How can we access the recording of this session after it has ended?
Sarah Souza
01:09:06
Rebecca.Fredette@doe.nh.gov
Sarah Souza
01:09:28
Rebecca Fredette: 271-6693
Lois’s iPhone
01:09:44
thank you for all the information and we do appreciate it!!!!!!!
Kathy
01:09:53
THANK YOU
susanmerrell
01:09:57
Thank you
Janet Reed
01:09:59
Thank you for all of your efforts!
Martha Miller
01:10:00
THANK YOU!!
Kathy McK
01:10:01
Thank you !!
Jennifer Watson
01:10:02
Thank you.
Becky Forrestall
01:10:04
Thanks so much for doing this
Karen Guercia
01:10:04
Thank you!
grayme
01:10:06
Thank you
Shelly Fagen
01:10:08
Yes, thank you!
Jorge
01:10:09
thank you!
Mary Steady
01:10:10
Thank you!
Becky Forrestall
01:10:10
Will there be another call this week?
Kristin Tevepaugh
01:10:11
Thank you!
jboyle
01:10:12
Thank you
Christiane 's iPad
01:10:13
Thanks Becky!!!! Nice Work Everyone!!!!
georgiacaron
01:10:16
Thanks for the continuing guidance. We appreciate it!
diana denitto
01:10:17
Thank you!
Pamela Stimpson
01:10:18
Thank you Becky
scottriddell
01:10:21
Thank you. This was very helpful.
Rebecca Nelson-Avery
01:10:23
Thank you so much for doing this! Stay Healthy everyone!
Melissa Moyer
01:10:23
Thank you
Kim Di Salvo
01:10:27
Thanks! Great job - we all appreciate your work!
Becky Forrestall
01:10:27
Tu/Thurs might be good
aweaver
01:10:33
Thank you!
cplourde
01:10:44
Bye thanks!
ahinds
01:10:47
Thank you
Jennifer Pomykato
01:10:49
Thank you Becky!!
Jessica Pine
01:10:56
Thank you!
santina.thibedeau
01:11:05
thank you!