Inclusive Education FAQs

  • Below are frequently asked questions about our inclusive education for Fall 2020. Check back often as we will be updating these questions frequently. Don't see an answer to your question?

    You can reach our department at 206-236-3329 or by emailing Dr. Sue Ann Bube, Director, Special Services at sueann.bube@mercerislandschools.org or Beth DeGrace, Assistant Director, Special Services at beth.degrace@mercerislandschools.org.

  • Will MISD move forward with assessments for 504s and IEPs during the summer or when school resumes

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    The Inclusive Education Learning Forward Team is working with the Health and Safety team to create in-person testing safety protocols. These protocols are in their final review. The plan is to start limited in-person testing for students with incomplete evaluations by appointment starting in early August. Students who were enrolled in the District during the 2019-20 School Year and who had an evaluation started or put on hold will have first priority.

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  • Will the District consider using outside evaluators?

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    At this time, the District has staff and contractors that can complete the school-based evaluations necessary for the provision of special education services.

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  • What is a Continuity of Learning Plan and will they be used during the 2020-21 School Year?

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    The Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) was a temporary document created by members of a student's IEP team to address the change in the student’s learning environment from in-person to remote learning due to the Governor’s order to close schools last spring.

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  • Will annual IEP meetings be held this fall even when the schools are operating in a red/remote learn

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    Yes annual IEP meetings will continue to be held during the 2020-21 school year no matter which Learning Forward phase the District is currently implementing (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green). 

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  • How is the Learning Services Department communicating with families of students with disabilities?

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    The Learning Services Department including the Special Services department is committed to transparency and open two-way communication. Our departments are working closely with the school-based and district Learning Forward teams to vet and answer questions to post to the District Learning Forward website. We are also holding a variety of webinars to solicit feedback and to answer questions. Dr. Bube, Director of Special Services and Beth DeGrace, Assistant Director of Special Services are working to post additional answers to frequently asked questions as well as to send out email communications to families.

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  • What if I want to hold an IEP meeting?

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    Parents always have the option to request an IEP meeting by emailing their IEP case manager. Please note that during the summer months, IEP case managers are on summer break (not contracted to work). For a more immediate response prior to the start of the school year, reach out to the building principal or directly to the special education department.

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  • What if I have questions?

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    If you have questions, whether right now, for this fall, or just in general, we encourage you to get in touch with your student’s IEP or 504 Case Manager. You can also reach our department at 206-236-3329 or by emailing Dr. Sue Ann Bube, Director, Special Services at sueann.bube@mercerislandschools.org or Beth DeGrace, Assistant Director, Special Services at beth.degrace@mercerislandschools.org.

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