Special Education Updates & Resources

PHA @ Home Special Education
Dear Families,
 
Given the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in, we know many of you are concerned about your student’s progress. We appreciate your collaboration and support as we navigate this difficult time as a school community.
 
As you know, we are encouraging students to remain engaged and learning while school is not in session. On the campus distance learning resources page, you will find a wide range of activities. These activities were designed to be accessible by all students and include a range of levels. In addition, activities were designed to include a high level of student choice. Allowing students to choose activities, books, and resources that are of high interest will naturally lead to more accessible learning opportunities

We know that many students will require additional support. In order to support meeting the needs of all students, the special education team has collaborated to provide the resources linked on this page. In the coming week, please expect a member of your student’s special education team to reach out to support you and your student in picking learning activities, using any of the supports linked below, and to answer questions.

A priority during this time for all students, but particularly those who experience gaps in their reading skills, is to continue reading. Parents and students are encouraged to read as much as possible and to use the provided resources on campus pages to talk about and respond to what you are reading.

In addition, we know many students need practice with specific skills required to be a strong reader. Special Education Case Managers will be supporting all students in using Lexia. Lexia provides targeted, leveled, skill based instruction for students. We highly encourage families and students to incorporate 20-30 minutes of Lexia in your daily routine to keep practicing reading skills.

As guidance regarding the school closure evolves, please know that we will adjust our services based on the direction from the Massachusetts Department of Education and the federal Office of Special Education Programs. We will continue to keep the community updated as well.


Alison Bradley
Director of Special Education
abradley@phacs.org