Some students cannot benefit from distance learning or cannot benefit without extensive in-person assistance by trained personnel. Families and teachers may have witnessed this during spring and summer virtual learning, and it may be well documented in IEP Progress Reports for Quarter 3, Quarter 4, and ESY. It is important that families exercise their rights to request an IEP meeting to discuss what alternatives are possible. FAPE requirements dictate that the school system make alternatives available.
As appropriate, IEP teams will consider alternatives to supplement or replace computer-based virtual instruction, including physical materials and learning tools, paper-based instructional packets, manipulatives, resources available in the student’s environment, etc. It may also require consideration of in-person services or contracted services.