In the remote learning grant, would payment for services include the hiring of teaching staff?
Could we use this grant money for legal fees associated with Remote Learning?
Do we need to do proportional share to private schools in our districts as with regular IDEA funds? Also I had a private special ed placement reach out and ask for funds from this as they feel private school means the special ed schools that ..can you clarify?
Excellent question, Christine.
There was talk of digital signatures through NHSEIS. Is this a possibility?
yes, any updates on NHSEIS consent?
Could this new grant money be used for compensatory services?
Could we please get these recordings or the power points right after each session? They are not up to date on the NHLEARNSREMOTELY site.
Is there a chance this money will be extended past Sept. 30th?
Also- could you please discuss the list of out of district providers, that was given to Superintendents to hire to provide additional services? I think there is much confusion around this. Could you clarify the intention of sending this list?
Can you send the list of providers to the special education directors?
Has the 2018 - 2020 IDEA grant allocation been extended to September 2021 (similar to the Title grants extension)?
Will multi-district SAUs be able to consolidate their remote learning funds?
Is the DOE mandating that we use NHSEIS or can we continue with DocuSign?
I can not see the questions being answered in my chat? Is anyone else having the same problem?
Will we be able to use the NHSEIS signature after the emergency order is lifted?
One more question...sorry :) So CARES Act funds would be open from districts to private special education placements?
Can eligibility be prioritized with PCG after IEP and placement is up and running?
Can you send the power point out to the directors list?
Understand the NHESIS e signature will be a work in progress. Will what is rolled out put districts in compliance with signatures.
so timeframe for consent for IEP and placement in NHSEIS is week after next?
Kim Di Salvo
Can I use current IDEA funds for remote learning costs?
If these are IDEA funds, would they have the requirements under Uniform Guidance as well as the permissive use of funds under IDEA
Amy Jenks - NH
Link to Special Education Resources and Guidance including Becky's recorded calls as they are posted:http://www.nhlearnsremotely.com/operations.html
I have contacted two different private providers and not been able to set up any services
Amy Jenks - NH
Are we able to use any electronic signature after this is over. Not in favor of using NHSEIS.
I thought electronic signatures were only allowable during the period of state of emergency? Are you now saying we will be able to continue to use electronic signatures.
To clarify, the parent portal for consent to eligibility . Hard to develop an IEP in NHSEIS if you cannot finalize consent to eligibility for newly identified students.
It would be helpful to prioritize that
Is the Remote Learning Grant specifically for Special Education? or General Ed?
If anyone on the call has been successful with private providers working with your district, could you comment? Thx
Can you help us understand what services an out of district program is being sought after to provide, that a district is not able to provide? Is it just the issue of districts mainly not doing face to face?
Decision on ESY hard to plan for both! Need guidance
I'm having a hard time with the fact that only NHSEIS can be used going forward. If we allow one electronic signature we should allow all!!!!
Will IEP’s need to be amended to reflect the ESY program that is offered?
Kim Di Salvo
It would be helpful to continue the NHSEIS e-signatures past the current period of remote learning in case we have to return to remote learning again - i.i short period over the winter.
Esther, I agree as districts also are looking at electronic signature for other district tasks (i.e. new student enrollment)
I agree Kim.
Is it suggested we advise parents that ESY is most likely remote?
Thank you. It is my belief that many out of district placements are providing remote programs for their day students…..not sure they would take in new day students…..We are getting many mixed messages. It would be great if Directors could have a list of which private providers are still running open day services/programs, or clarify this.
If companies meet the DPA, then we should be able to consider other options for elec sign.
Our ESY program is already in IEP’s, but we are not sure we will be able to offer the program as designed in a remote setting
small groups meaning <10 people gathered?
why does the Commissioner keep saying wait until mid-May RE ESY and plan for both.
Under what conditions is small group , in-person permissible? How do we ensure safety of students and staff without direction?
and the groups of 10 need to stay 6 feet apart? not feasible for service provision
If we do not change IEP due to remote learning now it should not be changed for ESY done remotely.
So, if we plan for REMOTE ESY, it will require a lot LESS staff than on-site ESY. By mid-May, our chance of finding staff for on-site dwindles.
The Commissioner stated that we may need to screen students before entering buildings i.e. survey about travel, take temperatures, and provide masks.
I believe Labor laws are in conflict with requiring schools staff to go into the school to deliver instruction at this time. Could you please look into this? Thanks, Mary
Could Dr. Chan put something in writing that it is permissible for small groups of students with disabilities can be in schools, and provide appropriate safety guidelines?
Curious what face to face evaluations would really look like with appropriate social distancing.
We have already advised our parents that ESY will begin remote - small groups are not feasible nor will staff likely participate - union issues
The Birchtree Center Outreach department is able to provide ABA services remotely at this time.
Correct but it is a bigger issue than essential employees. Thank you for peeling this back
I do not want anything in writing to give leverage to a parent who wants to bring the student into school, we will not do this as it is too much of a liability
I'm having a hard time with "what we want to put in place" WE need guidance from the state to make sure we are legal when it comes to small group instructions. Who will be sending this memo!
We are not requiring ANY staff to participate in employ if they have covid concerns (example an elderly parent in their home, need to take care of your children who are home)
Kim Di Salvo
Thanks as always!