Special Education

Specialized Education Services

Our Commitment

We believe that all students, regardless of background or circumstance, can achieve at the highest levels. DCPS is committed to providing families of students with disabilities clear information regarding the special education process, programs and services, and changes as a result of virtual learning.

Whether learning at school or at home, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that remains in effect.

  • All instruction and student learning begins with the general education curriculum.
  • The Individualized Education Program (IEP) remains the legal document that describes each child’s plan.
  • The IEP process and steps are intact.
  • Quarterly progress reports will be issued.
  • Self-contained programs maintain their staffing structure.

Virtual Service Delivery

DCPS is starting School Year 2020-2021 with an all-virtual instructional model. Individualized distance learning addendums will be created by special education teachers in collaboration with parents to help apply each student’s IEP during virtual learning.

This means all services will be provided virtually. The learning at home experience may include co-taught and/or small group or individual lessons with a special education teacher. IEP meetings will also take place virtually.

Additional Resources

Join the DCPS Specialized Instruction team at an upcoming Parent University session. We will cover topics such as related services, on-line resources, specialized instruction, and progress monitoring. RSVP to attend the session, Supporting Specialized Instruction During Learning At Home, on August 18 at 3:00 pm.

Look out for the “School Year 2020-2021 Special Education Programs and Resources for Families Guide” prior to school opening. We will post it online in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Amharic, Mandarin and English.