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Supporting our Students during Coronavirus

  • Our goal is to provide continuity of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services and supports in alternative ways during school closures while promoting continued progress and inclusion in the general education curriculum or through access points.

    To support students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), school districts have been given flexibility in how services and supports may be provided. Such flexibility may include the provision of special education and related services through the use of instructional telephone calls, homework packets, Internet-based or virtual lessons and/or therapies, and other available distance-based learning approaches.

    To the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability will be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP developed under IDEA, or a plan developed under Section 504. (34CFR §§ 300.101 and 300.201 (IDEA), and 34 CFR § 104.33 (Section 504).

    IEP teams including parents and all appropriate IEP team members will meet virtually utilizing Zoom or telephonically utilizing conference calls to conduct annual reviews, revisions and eligibility staffings. Any meetings that do not occur due to circumstances beyond our control, shall be scheduled following the opening of school. All efforts to meet and communicate with parents, students and staff will be documented. Data will be maintained regarding student progression and any regression or need for remediation shall be addressed when school reopens.

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  •  Instructional Support

    Instructional Support

    Students with Disabilities (SWD) receive instruction with specialized instructional supports that are provided by both general education and special education teachers. For many students with disabilities - and for many without - success in the classroom depends upon having appropriate adaptations, accommodations and modifications made to the instruction and any other classroom activities.

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  • Behavior Supports

    The Behavior Supports program may serve individuals that require intensive behavioral interventions and supports. Students may receive behavioral interventions and supports such as a classroom behavior management system, instruction through social skills curriculum, individual behavior contract, individual positive behavior intervention plan, counseling as a related service, and/or point level system.

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  •  Compliance and Staffing

    Compliance & Staffing

    The Compliance and Staffing department assists the General Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the provision of services to students with disabilities and their families, and to school and district staff, to ensure that district processes, procedures and policies align with all federal laws and regulations, Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.

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  •  PreK


    The Hillsborough County Public Schools Prekindergarten ESE Program provides services for approximately 2,800 children, ages three to five, who have a developmental delay/disability which requires specialized instruction. This educational environment offers many opportunities for active learning experiences in key developmental areas.

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  •  Transition


    Secondary transition refers to the process a student with a disability goes through as they move from high school to postsecondary endeavors, including postsecondary education, employment and independent living. In Florida, this begins at age 14 or earlier and may not end until 22 for students with significant disabilities.

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  •  Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    Parents of students with disabilities and school districts sometimes disagree as to what special education and related services are appropriate. Resolving differences or concerns in the least adversarial manner and closest to the school level is the best way.

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  •  Choice Options

    Choice Options

    At Hillsborough Schools, parents can choose from various schools based on their child’s interests and way of learning. Options can be based on location, curriculum, interests or system of learning (either brick-and-mortar or virtual schools, for example).

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  •  Parent Resources

    Parent Resources

    In Hillsborough County Public schools, we are committed to providing a wide-variety of high-quality educational options, programs and services for students and families. As a parent, you play a critical role in this process. Our goal is to guide and empower families to become collaborative, effective advocates for their child with special needs by providing information and support to promote academic and social success in school and within the community.

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