Support for Special Student Populations

Support for Special Student Populations

Students with IEPs

During distance learning special education teachers will continue to support students with IEPs by working with small groups of students, co-teaching lessons, collaborating with general education teachers and scheduling and holding virtual IEP meetings.  Related service providers (speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc.) will also continue to support students virtually.

CA Senate Bill-98 amended CA Education Code to require a description of how IEPs will be provided under "emergency conditions". Per this new legislation, “Emergency Learning Plans” must be developed at initial IEPs or at the next regularly scheduled IEP meeting. These new Emergency Learning Plans will replace the Distance Learning Plans created in the Spring of 2020. 

During the first weeks of school, special education teachers and related service providers will be reaching out to parents/guardians of students with IEPs to provide a Prior Written Notice regarding the creation of an Emergency Learning Plan. Parents/guardians will be provided an opportunity to provide meaningful input into the development of the proposed Emergency Learning Plan and/or to hold an Amendment IEP meeting. 

In addition, Special Education staff will partner with the Department of Technology to ensure that our students with IEPs have access to appropriate digital resources that support their individual needs and make progress towards their IEP goals. Printed learning materials for reading, writing and math will also be made available for students with mod/severe needs to supplement synchronous virtual lessons.   

You will find additional information about special education in our Special Education FAQ


English Learners

From our Spring data review we know that we need to focus efforts to support our English Learners in distance learning. They need to receive both regular Designated and daily Integrated ELD to support their language development needs.

Considerations for Supporting English learners with Distance Learning outlines six considerations for educators planning to support English language learnings during distance learning. General education teachers should incorporate universal design into distance learning and planning for accommodations and modifications for students with special needs. School site schedules for distance learning should include a plan for co-teaching synchronous lessons, providing small group or individual support, and designated ELD.

Serving Foster Youth, Homeless, Sheltered & Recently Detained Youth

We know particular attention needs to be made to connect with our foster, homeless, sheltered and recently detained youth. These students and families in crisis have no choice but to manage other big transitions during our collective transition and we work to ensure support is in place to onboard them smoothly, build connections to the school community, and check regularly to address barriers as they arise.

All Foster, Homeless, and Justice Involved Youth have the right to:

  • Immediate enrollment in school with or with out proof of residency and academic records.
  • Partial and transfer credit per SFUSD AR 6146.11 For high school students, this may include credit for work done during the period of closure.

Homeless Youth - Students and families who are housing unstable may become even more so during this time. This includes families living on the streets, in a car, in motels/SROs, couch surfing, and doubled up. Homeless students typically retain the right to remain enrolled in their school of origin even if they are no longer staying in the immediate area.

Foster Youth - Students who experience a change of foster placement typically retain the right to remain enrolled in their home school or chose to enroll at a school near their new home. Foster parents won’t always have access to ParentVue, and will need support getting set up to support students remote learning. Every school has a foster youth liaison who can provide additional support.

Shelter Youth - Students placed by Probation and living in the Boy and Girls Shelters are enrolled at a variety of high schools. SFUSD has worked with the shelter staff to provide an emergency educational program to all youth in the shelter during the period of closure. While all youth in shelter maintain their rights to placement at any district school, in some cases it may make more sense for students in the shelter to be enrolled in a county program for the duration of distance learning, since the shelters are effectively acting as residential schools.

Detained Youth - Students detained at Juvenile Hall will be receiving distance learning instruction during detention from the Woodside Learning Center staff. Generally, students will return to their prior school placement after release from detention. In some cases students leaving detention who do not have a strong connection to another school may continue with distance learning from Woodside Learning Center staff.