Many families of specialized educators have complained about the scarcity – if not the lack of services – for their children in the spring. This fall, the district pledged to take personal care of specialized educators if their needs could not be met remotely. However, the agreement stipulates that the borough must first complete a long list of health and safety devices before requiring staff to come face to face with the students. The union is due to vote on the contract on Friday and details have not been publicly disclosed, but a project gathered by KUOW sets more concrete expectations in terms of staff and students than in the chaotic mode of crisis of the spring, when the pandemic was new. The agreement would also allow schools and staff to be more flexible than the borough had previously proposed. The interim agreement is expected to be revoked Friday night by the Seattle Education Association`s representatives. It must then be approved by a vote of the school committee. “Teams are checking the data to determine if the student needs personal services to make significant progress in their IEP objectives and to determine how human services can be delivered safely and in accordance with health guidelines,” the agreement states. In the week leading up to the first day of school, September 4, staff receive six days of long-term training – twice as much as usual – focused primarily on how to teach and work effectively remotely and digitally, as well as anti-racist practices and social/emotional learning for students and families who have experienced the “collective trauma of a double pandemic”: Covid-19 and systemic racism. Decisions on students eligible for individual special education would be made by the team in the individualized student education program as well as by a school nurse or a member of the district health service. Course schedules include a combination of live classes for the entire class, small groups and independent student work, such as tasks or viewing pre-recorded videos. University education would begin on September 14, giving the borough more time to receive and distribute laptops, tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots to students in need. Perhaps the greatest challenge of these precautionary measures for the borough is the requirement that its CCC systems and the construction of air assistance facilities be sufficient to prevent the spread of the virus.
Teachers at all levels of the class should create videos or other teaching records if they introduce new materials that help students who cannot participate in or want to check an online class.