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NH Special Education Update - Shared screen with speaker view
Catherine Woods
09:16
We don't receive notifications to your calls, Commissioner Edelblut.
KDuesing
15:39
When can we expect the final guidelines on the provision of in person services for all students? The draft guidelines were shared on May 22nd.
sroberts
17:17
When can we expect 20-21 IDEA funds? We have contracts that begin July 1st and need to entered into the grants.
Carol Kosnitsky
17:23
READ in LRP OSEP notified CCSSO (6/8/20) allowing for 1 year extension of FY 18 IDEA funds. Has the Commissioner submitted the waiver request yet? And when will the field receive guidance about this?
Suzzanne Wheeler
17:30
As a charter school I have contacted appropriate home schools for evaluations and they will not do evals until they open their doors.
Becky Forrestall
17:33
When will the guidance for ESY be shared? It is hard to plan w no actual guidance.
Anne Landry
20:21
Our teachers are done as of tomorrow. Based on the last meeting with Becky, I had special ed teachers go back and "look" at all students previously found ineligible for ESY to see if the needs changed. They did this in the past week. Now I need to have them reach out to parents to see if they want a meeting on their last day of work, for the majority of their caseload. Teachers have gone way above and beyond and yet more and more keeps getting put on their plate and they are feeling totally unsupported. They are doing far more than their regular education counterparts. There seems to be a different set of expectations for regular education and special education teachers, including providing in person services. Why all the distrust of special educators?
Peter Naitove
20:31
And "Evaluations" does not necessarily mean new testing.
Marcia Bagley
20:42
are the guidelines for in person services still in draft? Or have they been released?
Becky Forrestall
21:24
Thanks- is it the same as summer program guidance? The ESY guidance… thank you!
PChandler
21:46
where is the draft guidance located?
Peter Naitove
22:46
Why does Technical Assistance use the formal language of "Compensatory Services" that is really a separate procedural process, which makes this confusing.
Peter Naitove
24:08
'Thannk you
Jane
24:26
For clarification, there are separate summer in school guidance for general education and special education students?
Jess Bickford
24:31
I honestly think that is where a lot of the frustration has come from, is the use of that terminology unfortunately.
Catherine Woods
24:40
Agreed!
PChandler
25:35
Thank you Becky, found the email!
macneile
27:07
I hope that there is an awareness that educators will be in meetings all September to meeting this 30 opening timeline. Teachers are not under contract over the summer and we cannot mandate meetings now and over the summer. So we will have a month of meetings vs providing services.
Peter Naitove
29:29
Does the order really mean a formal IEP Team Meeting? Our district, as many others have had conversations between a Special Educator and the parent, but not Noticed and formalized as an IEP Team Meeting.
Caroline Arakelian
29:34
Agreed, Erica. Further, the special ed rules are that required members are teachers who know the student preventing "substitutes" to sit in meetings.
mmiller
30:29
paragraph 3 is in regard to evaluations, not ESY determinations...
npierce
30:49
We have reached out to parents to reconsider adding ESY to the current IEP, and some have not responded. What then?
sroberts
32:26
Again...teachers are not contracted to work in the summer nor are most evaluators
Catherine Plourde
32:29
It's unfortunate this guidance came after schools are closed. The previous guidance has not been consistent as noted in the letter submitted from the organizations. The new guidance related to ESY and meetings in September is very late. There seems to be no acknowledgement of what is being asked.
mmiller
32:30
If we have summer meetings, it will cost our district over
Beth McClure
32:32
Can some team members who are not required to be in during the summer be permitted to provide written feedback with a parent excusal form? It could save districts a lot of money and staff time if that is fine. Staff members would need to take the time to write feedback, but that would probably be less time than a meeting would take.
Allyson Vignola
32:34
I count myself lucky that I'm from a small district- only 116 identified students. Teachers contractually cannot be mandated to meet over the summer- so 30 calendar days is 19 school/business days for 116, so 6-7 meetings every school day starting on the first day of school. That is not reasonable.
Becky Forrestall
32:47
I realize that the order technically says “those meetings can happen now as long as before 9/30” and that this is the interpretation, however, due to the timing of the order, the end of the school year, fiscal implications of meeting, many districts are going to have to pull service providers all Sept to do these meetings.
Mary Steady
33:02
How can the Governor or Commissioner make changes to SPED Standards/Process without going through rule making?
Michelle Mason
33:28
If the parent agrees to wait to determine compensatory education, can the district enter in an Written Prior notice stating that, and then meet after the 30 days? Why schedule a meeting just to ask to hold off on determining due to a lack of data?
Becky Forrestall
33:34
Is there clarification on #3 of the order, the evaluation portion? This document is only about the first 2
Kristin Tevepaugh
33:37
If schools are still remote or a hybrid, does the 30 day timeline for "comp services" still apply?
Kimm Phillips
33:38
I was on a call with multiple states and others were sharing that that some schools were making exceptions to keeping students in school who may have reached the age of 21( this spring and next fall) to allow for additional transition services. Does NH have anything in place similar to that?
Peter Naitove
35:01
At an Annual IEP meeting earlier in the year, ESY is addressed during the meeting, but determining the need or what would be offered is usually postponed until a spring discussion. Is that sufficient to allow just a follow-up conversation with parents.
Mary Steady
35:01
There are people on this call that are NOT Sped Administrators. I would appreciate you asking them to leave.
Mary Steady
36:58
The meeting for every student for Comp Ed. is a new process along with holding additional ESY meetings.
Sarah Reinhardt
37:02
How can the governor order IEP teams to convene? That is not part of the Special Education standards
Michelle Mason
37:33
So I need to have a meeting with the parent to ask to hold off on deciding to then reschedule a meeting? My apologies. I did not understand your response to my questions. Thank you Becky...just trying to ensure I understand.
Peter Naitove
38:23
Thank you.
Michelle Mason
41:06
Okay. Thank you. I will email. Thank you.
Jill La Vallee
41:30
Could you please provide that clear guidance to all?
Georgia’s iPad pro
41:49
The governor’s order is discriminating against 125,000 regular education students by not ordering all of them be provided with compensatory education services.
Jill La Vallee
41:50
Yes. Thank you
Michele Munson
42:07
So will the DOE check on every student who has an IEP in October?
mmiller
42:14
Can ESSER funds be used for stipends for summer comp ed meetings?
Jennifer Pomykato
42:20
Could you clarify the difference between comp ed in response to spring school closures and ESY in response to spring school closures? Thank you!
Jessy Gervais
43:41
are we to meet regarding comp ed if a student was provided with all services as outlined in the iep despite closures?
Mary Steady
44:27
Will we get DOE support to hold 3000 meetings for ESY and COMP ED?
Jane
44:35
When the ESY in school guidance is issued, these guidelines will apply to both special education programs and for general education, correct?
mmiller
44:36
once a student is found eligible for comp ed...what might that actually look like? longer days?
Helen Rist
44:55
It makes no sense- if all services we given then what are we compensating?
rmatte
44:59
Sorry, I joined late. When can we expect the MOE and our IDEA grant allocation?
Sarah Reinhardt
45:21
In regards to the comp ed meetings, what if the schools are in some form of remote learning next year?
Mary Steady
45:57
Thanks, Becky. I know you are trying. The lateness of guidance and the number of students makes this impossible. Yes, we need to talk. Thanks
Georgia’s iPad pro
45:58
28,000 meetings in 60 business days. Unbelievable.
Kimberly
46:14
I think one of the places we are struggling related to comp ed is with parents who have not accessed services. Our staff are waiting in remote meetings to provide them, but parents forget or just do not log on. Will this be a factor that is considered if parents disagree with the proposal for comp. ed?
Becky Forrestall
46:19
It might be helpful for the department to start the conversation with families, that September is likely to look different for special education providers, needing to use Sept to do assessments to determine comp ed needs, to hold meetings to review these and develop plans, versus what families might be used to for direct services in September for kids. We need some latitude to use staff for assessing these needs and meeting with families.
Kristin Tevepaugh
48:15
The use of Compensatory Ed lingo is distressing, assumes we were not providing services per IEPs.
Gretchen
48:33
Will it be acceptable in determination of compensatory education to consider the student's ability to engage in more than their regular day and services. Some students would simply not have the stamina to engage in additional service. In this case, would the family have to officially refuse offered compensatory services?
mmckeon
49:01
Hi Becky, will you be talking with NHASEA and other associations before giving the guidance for compensatory education? Thanks!
Caroline Arakelian
49:20
Would the Bureau consider developing a form for parents to attend/decline a comp ed meeting?
Allyson Vignola
49:48
How do we compensate for all the missed services for meetings we're now required to attend all day every day during September?
Georgia’s iPad pro
50:00
Is the federal government going to require these IEP meetings of every single student with a disability in the US?
Catherine Plourde
51:11
Good suggestion Caroline because parents are required team members and if they decline we should not meet.
Shelly Fagen
53:12
RE: Weekly Calls - Continued support will be needed around any new procedures/recommendations, etc.
Kathy Courtois
53:39
I have a parent that signed the IEP with a date of 5/22 and because I was not in the office did not receive the packet until 6/4 and then the parent went in and signed again last night prior to me finalizing the IEP?
Stacey Eaton
53:40
Terry- When the parent signs the IEP, it does not show on the IEP. What do we print for the file?
Kathy Courtois
53:46
What do I do now?
Kimberly
53:53
Thanks for the reminder about the parent portal, some of the feedback I’m hearing is that the signature does not print out on the IEP when our teachers print them and it is difficult to navigate to find it. As we need to include the signed IEP in the file, how do we fix this?
macneile
54:16
Is there a way to send these meeting invites to only district employees?
Michelle Mason
54:46
I've seen it in the student history. You can see their actual signature.
Mary Steady
56:09
Great suggestion Macneile…PIC stayed on even when asked to leave.
Jennifer Pomykato
56:20
Becky, the good news is the NHASEA has standing committee members and practitioners who can help with the tasks at hand. I apologize for “volunteering” Jane and other folks without their permission ;-)
Kathy Courtois
56:23
The signature shows in the details for the last two students that were signed
Christina MacDonald
57:23
NHSEIS Connect: The actual signature is visible in the Student History by clicking on Details. The addition of the signature to the PDF is in process.
KDuesing
58:07
Thank you Becky
Becky Forrestall
58:15
Thank you!
Jennifer Pomykato
58:16
Thank you Becky
Kristin Tevepaugh
58:18
Thank you
pmacdonald
58:23
Thank you!
Kimberly
58:25
Thank you Becky!
Sharon
58:26
Thank you for you hard work.
Jennifer Watson
58:27
Thank you Becksy
Cathy Zylinski
58:32
Thank you Becky.
Peter Naitove
58:37
Thank you Becky
Katie Moon
58:42
Thank You!
Anne Kebler
58:55
Thank you Becky