April 6, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Shakopee Students,
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in compliance with the March 25, 2020 order of the Governor of Minnesota to close schools effective March 30, 2020, the Shakopee Public Schools may need to modify how your child’s special education services are delivered as it moves to a distance-learning model. These changes are necessary based on the emergency nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the direction from the federal and state governments regarding how educational and other related services are to be provided to students birth through age 21. Emergency Order 20-19 ( Emergency Executive Order 20-19 Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Implement a Distance Learning Period )from the Minnesota Governor is clear that no face-to-face teaching options are possible at this time. The specific changes will be documented in an Individual Distance Learning Plan (IDLP), this IDLP will remain in effect until face to face classes resume.
Shakopee Public Schools is making changes to the delivery of special education and related service so that your child can continue to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) on school days that are designated as distance-learning days. The specific services, supports, and accommodations listed on your child’s current IEP will resume when face-to-face instruction in schools is reinstated. At that time, your child’s IEP team will also meet to determine the educational impact on your child of the special education distance-learning services provided to your child.
In making any changes to the delivery of your child’s special education and related services, the District considered the needs and goals set out in your child’s current IEP and input from staff members who work with your child. The District also reviewed guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Governor.
The Individualized Distance Learning Plan (IDLP) for your child will remain in effect until face to face classes resume. Questions about the specifics of the plan should be directed to your child’s special education case manager.
Director of Special Services
Shakopee Public Schools