Dear Parents/Guardians of Exceptional Children,

We are providing various forms and levels of remote and blended learning opportunities for our students with disabilities in Haywood County. In order for remote/blended learning to be most effective, we need your cooperation and collaboration. It will always be best for parents to work alongside their student during online or video sessions provided by their EC Case Manager and/or therapist and to assist with paper learning activities.

Currently, IEP teams at schools are holding Annual Review meetings virtually or via phone conference. However, we have suspended all evaluations and assessments due to safety concerns and the fact that our schools are closed. This involves evaluations and assessments for initial referrals and re-evaluations. At this time it is not possible to complete a valid and reliable assessment and maintain safety for students, parents, families and HCS staff. We will be holding IEP meetings to discuss these evaluation processes and determine our steps to move forward after school resumes.

Please know that Haywood County Schools is dedicated to provide the best services possible during this difficult time. Once normal school operations resume, we will consider necessary compensatory education for any special education student who misses services. Compensatory education services will NOT be provided if a student has internet access and a digital device and is able to participate in remote/blended learning but instead chooses not to participate in the remote/blended learning lessons and activities.

Please remember that we are all in this together and we need to all work together to make our remote/blended learning opportunities and activities as beneficial and worthwhile as possible to all of our students. We look forward to collaborating with parents and guardians to help our students make progress on their IEP goals and in their general education classes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s EC Teacher and/or Related Services Therapist or HCS Exceptional Children Department.

Respectfully,

Brandi Stephenson, Exceptional Children Program Director
1230 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828-456-2400
Fax: 828-456-2438

The Exceptional Children’s Program provides specially designed instruction to ensure that all children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, have available to them a free appropriate public education. The program emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. Services may include specialized educational instruction, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, and transportation.