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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

School districts work with special education students to help transition to online classes.

JONESBORO, Ark. While school has been moved online for the remainder of the year due to the covid-19 outbreak, school special education staff are finding ways to help make the transition easier for students.

“Things like brushing your teeth, and getting dress, just all those self-help skills which they can do at home,” said special education aid Missy Woods. “It’ll tie into their I.E.P.’s which is following directions, staying on task.”

Woods also says they’re focusing on at home skills and easing the transition of online school to students.

Schools across Northeast Arkansas and the state have been working to make sure students individualized education plan, or IEP is being followed to make sure all accommodations are being met.

Teachers have been meeting with students via zoom to make sure they get the help they need.

Jonesboro Public Schools Curriculum Director, Misty Doyle says their special education staff are still staying connected with students.

“Special education teachers are supporting their students with the accommodations they need and follow that work whether it be with a zoom meeting, calling parents and talking to them, says Doyle. “Some live lessons they do with them, some recorded. Our special education teachers are supporting the regular work to meet the needs of their students.

Both Woods and Doyle say this is a transition and new territory for everyone so they are taking it day-by-day.


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