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.
Director of Student Services
- Early Childhood
- Education for Homeless Children
- Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)
- Special Education Services
- Section 504
- Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative
- Autism Society of America
- Batavia Special Education Parents Network (BSPN): Support network for parents of special-education students comprised of parents, special-education teachers, school therapists, and administrators from BPS101. Any parent can benefit from the exchange of ideas and information with other parents and school personnel.
- Career Exploration
- College Resources for Students with LD/ADHD
- Different Paths to Success
- Erin’s Law – Sexual Abuse Prevention
- National Association of Down Syndrome
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing Student Guidebook
- Fox Valley Special Recreation Association: Provides a diverse range of year-round recreational opportunities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles.
- Financial Aid & Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: There are many special scholarships and financial aide opportunities intended for particular students, such as students with disabilities. The purpose of this site is to help students and their parents focus on how to take advantage of them.
- Gigi’s House: GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
- Little Friends: Private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Programs include three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism.
- National Association of Down Syndrome
- Starnet: Provides training, assistance on request, and resources to parents of young children with special needs and professionals in the early childhood community.
- Transition Topics for Adolescents with Disabilities
- TriCity Family Services (TCFS): Private, not-for-profit, community-based counseling services
- Understanding PUNS- Does My Child Qualify?
- The best solution may be just a phone call away! Thanks to the Batavia United Way, we now have 2-1-1 in Kane County. Here is more info on 2-1-1: https://bataviaunitedway.org/211-2/