Student Services

Dear Batavia Families,

As I am sure you are aware by now, the  Coronavirus (COVID-19) has arrived here in the state. Our District is working closely with the Department of Health and other local, state, and federal agencies to monitor the situation and the district will be sending regular updates.  As a Student Services Department, we are working to consolidate this information and make quality decisions on behalf of the special education, free and reduced lunch, and homeless students and their families of Batavia. Please review the frequent updates from the district via email and the district website.

I want to reach out and let you know that the Department of Student Services is hard at work collaborating with general education teachers and your child’s special education team making plans specifically for our students with disabilities and their families. These plans will be communicated through your case managers and updated regularly through E Learning days. These plans will serve as a road map with suggestions to help you through this situation. This is unprecedented and while I fully recognize we are doing our best to support our students, we recognize a shut down of any length will put added stress and pressure on students with disabilities and their families. We are here as a support and a resource through this time. Let’s take this one step at a time, practice kindness and forgiveness, and work together to support each other. We will likely not have all the answers or be able to anticipate every situation, but we can commit to working together collaboratively to continue to address student needs.  We are committed to do what is best for our students during this time.

At this time there are several strategies we are exploring that include, but are not limited to:

  • online learning options and tools

  • Daily suggestions for structures to support students

  • Virtual related services (SLP, OT, PT) as arranged

  • Fun activities that support learning and skills within the home

  • For our students with social/emotional behavioral challenges, we are working on a structure that would provide virtual contact (email, facetime, phone, etc) with our School Psychologists, Social Workers and School Counselors

  • For those of you with students who attend an out-of-district placement, we are working with each of the schools to learn of their plans and we will share that information in upcoming updates

We will also be sharing methods/times for you to contact your Case Managers and Teams throughout this time of  e-learning days. Natalie Assell (Assistant Director), Laura Anderson (High School Assistant Director), Catherine Murray (Middle School Assistant Director), Paulette Ollie (EC), Kelli Anas (outplacement) and I will be working and available throughout this time to guide you and the staff. Again, this is unprecedented. Our Student Services Leadership team and District Leadership are trying to plan for a scenario in which we can meet the needs of our students, families, and staff in the most effective way possible.

In the end, we each understand that every IEP involves individual-based student decisions. Our students will remain at the center of any decisions we make, recognizing individuals’ needs will need to be acknowledged and addressed.  Stay tuned for continued updates from the district.  We are here for your families and students at this time.

Sincerely,

Kari Ruh

Director of Student Services

Letter to Families Regarding Remote Learning (4/8/20)

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