Special Education


It is important to keep consistency for your student during these challenging times. We recommend creating a daily routine for your student. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of your family. The resources below may be helpful to incorporate into a daily routine. We will continue to add resources, so please check back. If your student's teachers have provided resources, you will continue to have access to those as well.

COVID-19 Information & Resources for Special Educators form the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education


A Note to Families

We have compiled resources, links and activities to structure your day with your child. Work with your child in each content area for the amount of time that works best for your child. Feel free to repeat any activity from any day of the week during your work time with your child. There are materials for multiple content areas; activities can be done in any order that fits for your family. A sample schedule can be found here.




Remote Learning Privacy & Compliance

April 1, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

As a result of Governor Baker’s recent decision to extend school closures through Monday May 4, 2020, we would like to provide you with information about our plan to keep your children engaged in meaningful learning experiences. The District has carefully considered various remote learning options and has selected Zoom for Education, Class Dojo, Google Suite/Classroom or Canvas based upon factors including available features, reliability, ease of use/access, and privacy/confidentiality protections. All four tools, when used with school accounts, comply with state and federal regulations that protect student privacy (FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, MA Student Records law). The District will continue to monitor the platforms to ensure that they continue to meet expectations with regard to student safety and privacy according to state and federal guidelines. During this extended school closure, the Mount Greylock Regional School District will continue to take all reasonable measures to preserve your privacy and the privacy of your child, and each of our educators will continue to maintain the privacy of your child’s student record information.

When in a Zoom for Education, Class Dojo, Canvas or Google Suite/Classroom, your child will be able to see the names of other members in the class on the "students" tab, including family members if they are invited into the Classroom. In a general online Classroom, there is no distinction between special education and non-special education students. With our specially designed classrooms, all student members are special education students therefore; any invited guest will be able to see the class list. However, disability and IEP information remains confidential. It is important for all parent(s)/guardian(s) and students participating in these online learning opportunities to understand that their participation is conditioned upon agreeing to comply with all applicable State and Federal Laws. Accordingly, only those invited to participate in a Zoom for Education, Class Dojo, Canvas or Google Suite/Classroom may do so, and any recording, saving, or sharing of the meeting with others is prohibited.

As we navigate our way through these difficult and unique times, we want to thank all families for their patience and understanding. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has access to meaningful learning opportunities offered by the Mount Greylock Regional School District, and we will work with families to ensure successful implementation. If your child does not have access to online connectivity or a device capable of accessing Google Classroom, Class Dojo or Zoom for Education, or is in need of technical support, please contact your child's principal who can assist you with these concerns.

Sincerely,

Kimberley Grady – Superintendent

COVID-19 Virtual Platform Opt-Out

April 5, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a result of Governor Baker’s recent decision to extend school closures through Monday, May 4, 2020, we would like to provide you with information about our plan to keep your children engaged in meaningful learning experiences provided by their special education teachers and related service providers. In an effort to maintain continuity with school, the Mount Greylock Regional School District has asked special education teachers and related service providers to create a virtual platform using Zoom for Education, Class Dojo, or Google Suite/Classroom where they can share resources and enrichment activities with students and families.

We would like to address student confidentiality concerns that you may have with using the Google classroom platform:

1. Disability/IEP information for each student remains confidential.

2. Assignments/activities can be individualized and/or modified for students with confidentiality.

3. It is important to note that any members of the class WILL be able to see the names of other members in the class on the "students" tab, including family members if they are invited into the virtual classroom

To simplify, in a general education virtual classroom, through one of the above approved platforms there is no distinction between student members. With our specially designed google classrooms or class dojo all student members are special education students therefore; any invited guest will be able to see the class members or at least their names. However, disability and IEP information remains confidential.

As we navigate our way through these difficult and unique times, we want to be able to provide your student with the educational support that they need. After much consideration we feel that at this time the Zoom for Education, Class Dojo or Google Suite/Classroom platform will be the best platforms to meet the needs of your children. If you do not want your child to be included in special education Zoom Education, Class Dojo or Google Suite/Classroom and wish to opt-out, please notify Patrick Priester at ppriester@mgrhs.org or your child’s special education liaison, and we will determine an alternative approach for providing resources and enrichment for your child. Please know that the needs of your children are very important to us, and we are always available to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Sincerely,

Patrick Priester

Acting Director of Pupil Services

A note on privacy...

The following links are provided as optional online learning providers for parent(s)/guardian(s) to explore as potential self-directed learning activities. These optional online providers are not in anyway affiliated with Mt. Greylock Regional School District, and the District does not assume any legal liability for the linked optional third party learning providers.


Understood.org provides strategies for organizational strategies and tools.

Grade(s): Pre K-12

Accessibyte makes accessible apps for users who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, dyslexic, or have other reading difficulties.

Path to Literacy for Visually Impaired Students includes resources and strategies for students who are visually impaired.

Subject(s): Visual Impairments

Creative Preschool Speech Therapy Activities provides articles as well as language and articulation activities.

Subject(s): Speech Therapy


Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

Subject(s): Reading, Math

IXL offers more than 7,000 practice modules on Common Core pre-K through high school math and language skills. It also features language arts, science, and social studies for second- through eighth-graders.

Subject(s): Math, Reading

Prodigy is an engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform.

Subject(s): Math

Calm

Math Playground includes a variety of math topics from problem solving to mathematical art to real world math and thinking games.

Subject(s): Math


Helpguide.org provides strategies and tips to support children with learning disabilities.



EdHelper provides printable worksheets and resources across all subject areas.

Subject(s): All

Splash Math includes numerous interactive math games.

Subject(s): Math


Check out Ms. Gingras' Distance Learning Page