Accommodations for Educational Plans (including IEPs, EPs, ELL, and 504)
Pasco eSchool provides accommodations in the online environment for students with an IEP, 504 plan, Medical Care Plan, ELL Plan, or Hospital Homebound status. In order to have accommodations implemented in an online class, Pasco eSchool must receive a current copy of the student’s individualized plan or hospital homebound paperwork each semester the student enrolls in a Pasco eSchool course.
When possible, an IEP team meeting should be called to consider the accommodations Pasco eSchool can provide. In some instances, accommodations outlined in an individualized plan are not conducive to the online environment. When this is the case, the local school or parent will need to provide such accommodations to support the student in accordance with the individualized plan.
The current plan/documentation should be shared with Pasco eSchool’s data entry team to ensure that teachers receive a copy of the plan. While Pasco eSchool staff will work with the local school to determine if a placement is appropriate, ultimately the local school is responsible for placement decisions. You may utilize the student online readiness survey as one indicator to determine if online is an appropriate placement for your student. Pasco eSchool is available to review a plan or discuss specific cases before a student is enrolled to help aid in determining whether Pasco eSchool is an appropriate option for a student.
Parents of Pasco eSchool students are strongly encouraged to create a parent account. Parental involvement is vital to student success and parent accounts furnish parents/guardians with a window into student learning environments and provide valuable access to course materials, academic progress, and various student and coursework deadlines throughout the learning experience.
Our online courses are developed in a way which naturally provides many of the supports commonly identified in individualized plans, such as:
- a flexible work schedule, with a hard, weekly due date during the school year
- pacing schedules outlining daily tasks to keep students organized and on pace to meet the weekly due date
- ability for parents and school facilitators to easily monitor individual student progress
- personalized and descriptive feedback for student work
- opportunities for differentiated instruction based on a variety of learning styles
- one-on-one access to the teacher
- opportunity to preview course content
- ability to work in a quiet environment with limited distractions
- review activities, study guides, and notes are integrated into the course content
- ability to plan and prepare for upcoming assessments
- ability to use course content, resources, and self-checks as needed to complete and prepare for graded assignments and assessments
Examples of accommodations conducive to the online environment include:
- extended time on timed assessments
- second attempt on assignments and quizzes
- regular communication between parents and instructors
- use of a calculator
- use of a word-to-word dictionary
- use of graphic organizers
- clear, consistent rules and expectations
- use of organizational devices, such as checklists or pacing schedules
- chunking of larger assignments
*If you have any questions regarding special needs services, please contact Pasco eSchool.
FAQ additions for ESE/504/ELL:
Does a private school student with disabilities receive services with Pasco eSchool?
Students enrolled with Pasco eSchool who are enrolled with a private school will be provided with appropriate and reasonable accommodations required under Section 504.
Students who have previously been identified as being eligible for accommodations or services should make Pasco eSchool aware so necessary steps can be taken to provide services and accommodations.
If a parent of a private school student enrolled with Pasco eSchool feels their child may have a disability, the parent should request that Pasco eSchool conduct a limited evaluation of the student. To request this limited evaluation, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, student name, and any information you can provide about your child’s potential disability.
How are services determined for private school students?
Pasco eSchool, with the consent of the parent, will conduct an evaluation of any student who is believed to need educational accommodations. The evaluation may consist of input from a team drawing information from observations, data, medical records, grades, aptitude and achievement tests, teacher, and parental recommendations. The results of the evaluation will determine what accommodations if any, Pasco eSchool is able to make for the student.
Can Hospital Homebound students use Pasco eSchool?
Pasco eSchool can be an excellent match for a student who is being served by a hospital/homebound program. Public school students should provide the hospital homebound paperwork from their local public school. Private school students should provide a doctor’s note describing the situation.
Can students with disabilities participate in Pasco eSchool courses?
Pasco eSchool will not discriminate against any qualified individual on
the basis of disability.
How does a public school student with disabilities receive services with Pasco eSchool?
It is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure that the system meets all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504. The current Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan must be provided to Pasco eSchool by the local school. Pasco eSchool will follow all applicable provisions in the IEP or 504 Plan, however, there may be some provisions that can not be implemented. In such a case, the local school must determine whether Pasco eSchool is an appropriate placement, and what supports the local school can provide to assist the student.
My child has a McKay Scholarship. Does selecting Pasco eSchool impact that?
Yes. When a student chooses to enroll in a public school (which includes Pasco eSchool), the student must be reported as “in membership” or enrollment for both the October and February reporting periods in order to qualify again for a McKay scholarship. Therefore, families who have a McKay scholarship should consider carefully before choosing to enroll full time.
Students having a McKay Scholarship may take up to two online courses per year without jeopardizing their scholarship status.