1) Will my child with a disability be able to do after school clubs with support?
Students with disabilities are absolutely welcome to participate in afterschool activities and sports. Whether a student has a 504 or an IEP, they are protected from discrimination based on disability. BVSD's policy for requesting accommodations or extra adult support includes the following:
2) My son wants to participate in track and I'm told they won't have someone to support him after school. Is this true?
See answer above. The school is not obligated to alter the sport or activity in order to accommodate the student's disability. The student must be able to "meaningfully participate", not just watch their peers if the district provides adult support. If the club sponsor or coach is not responsive, please contact the school's 504 coordinator, Principal or Special Education Case Manager.
3) My child is in high school and I'm told that some courses cannot be considered because of his disability. Shouldn't she have access to any course if appropriate?
All courses can be considered for student enrollment. Some classes may require the successful completion of prerequisites for entry into that class. The completion of those prerequisites would also apply for students with disabilities. Please work with your special education case manager to determine a course of study that is appropriate and meaningful for your student.
4) My daughter is in fifth grade with a significant disability. Outdoor education is scheduled later this year. How do we plan for her unique needs so that she can access the trip?
When a school is planning a field trip, whether it is a day trip or overnight trips, the needs of all students will be taken into consideration. This includes students with medical needs as well as other disabilities or impairments.
If the school and parents determine that the student will need extra adult support in order to participate with his/her peers, the school will complete a request for that support and submit it to the District 504 Coordinator for approval. If there are physical access issues (mobility limitations, etc. it is recommended that the sponsor of the trip communicate with the facility to ensure accessibility for all participants.
5) My child was offered a spot in Summer Academy, however their disability often causes big behaviors. We were told IEPs are not implemented during Summer Academy, however we are fearful that our child cannot attend without additional support. What can we do?
Summer Academy is a tuition based enrichment activity that the school district offers for 5 weeks in the summer. Students with significant behavioral, medical and/or communication needs have an equal opportunity to access the programming. However, the staff will not be working on IEP Goals or providing the types of supports that a student in Special Education receives during their normal school year. The Administrators of Summer Academy will need to look at each case individually to see if an accommodation can be provided to support access to the programming.
6) Our family really needs our Kindergartner with autism to attend Kindergarten Enrichment to accommodate work schedules, however he usually needs significant adult supervision to remain safe. Can additional support be requested?
The Kindergarten Enrichment office meets with the family prior to enrollment when a student has significant needs to determine whether or not the student's individual needs can be accommodated. If a child needs some targeted adult supervision or re-direction to access the programming, but can otherwise function independently and be safe, we can usually accommodate them. However, if the student needs significant adult supervision to keep themselves and others safe, we cannot hire additional staff or make significant changes to the program to accommodate the student's needs.
7) My child really struggles with change and transition and so the last field trip from school didn't go well. Now the school wants to discuss whether or not he should go on the next trip. What should we consider to help him attend with his peers?
The school is able to consider whether to request an additional adult to attend with a student based on their individual needs. However, if the school has significant safety or behavioral concerns during a field trip, this should be discussed with parents. On rare occasions, additional adult support is not adequate to address safety concerns and the student is provided an alternative activity.