If ever there was a monkey wrench thrown into special education, it’s school closures due to COVID-19. Never before has a conundrum like this challenged so many special education professionals and students alike. To be sure, there are some things that concern us all in the education world right now. Public schools were not used or prepared to deliver online learning in this capacity. It has stretched us all to our limits but shown us some great things about thinking outside of the classroom like never before. Does a Post-COVID-19 school now include online learning environments forever? What does that look like for special education?
Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. Education has no choice but to get creative when it comes to special education service delivery now. What will special education look like in a post-COVID-19 school? What does the new normal hold for education going forward?
Children are remarkably resilient, but that doesn’t mean they do not feel the challenges of this level of change like we do. In some cases, especially children receiving special education services, articulating how they feel about these changes can be difficult. When children are frustrated with communication, this manifests itself in different ways.
Obstinance, hostility, and other behavioral challenges are just some of the ways children can try and voice their frustration over trying to do something in a new way. We must be empathetic to their situation if we are going to be effective in keeping the learning going.
Taking Care of Special Education Is About Getting Creative Now And In A Post-COVID-19 School
There are many different technologies that schools employ to keep students and families connected. Schoology and SeeSaw are just two of the most popular education platforms that students and families can interact with every day. With distance and online learning for public schools, these platforms are now acting as learning hubs for students and their learning professionals to gather around for virtual classroom connections and assignments.
While these tools are the saving grace to keeping education going, they are falling short in two very major areas for special education. The first of which is the issue with HIPAA and FERPA compliance. One of the greatest challenges for special education professionals is figuring out how to deliver services to students with IEPs without interrupting the prescriptive learning they are legally required to adhere to.
Add to it that virtual classrooms prevent certain things from being able to take place due to privacy compliance. This balancing act of service delivery and privacy will not go away in a post-corona virus school setting.
What most school districts are quickly figuring out in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis is just how much is actually able to be delivered online. This challenge could just be the necessary lynchpin in helping schools understand how technology and virtual learning tools could save them a ton of money without compromising anything for either the student or the teacher.
Could snow days be a thing of the past? How about connecting students to their classrooms to continue learning if they are home recovering for an extended period of time? The applications are being considered and with good reason; cost-effectiveness. How will this keep up with special education service delivery though?
Special Education Delivery Needs To Be More Transparent
But what about the kinds of things that need to happen with special education delivery right now? Note-taking, progress sharing, parental involvement, and transparency in service delivery are now more important than ever but are being hindered by the capability of the current education hubs available today.
A HIPAA and FERPA compliant tool for all to access in a platform-agnostic setting is the perfect solution for special education service delivery right now and in a post-Covid-19 school. Where notes, videos, and collaboration with professionals and education specialists can’t happen in-person and shouldn’t happen through email, these important pieces of the special education puzzle can happen with eCare Vault.
Education Specialists are currently calling parents and guardians for verbal consent to be able to conduct service delivery virtually. What if they were able to store, share, and get agreements with online documents in a collaboration tool that allowed for it? What if the IEP was stored in this communication hub for anyone who has consent to view it to able to at any time? That’s eCare Vault.
The future of special education looks more virtual and will involve more technology than ever before, but it still has to be FERPA and HIPAA compliant. If you’d like to know more about how eCare Vault can take your school district into the post-COVID-19 school world, contact us today for a free consultation.