Exceptional Student Education (ESE) FAQs

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IEP Meeting

Are we having IEP meetings?  How do we hold IEP meetings? When can we have IEP meetings?
IEP meetings can occur via Google Meet or other approved online platforms if the ESE Contact at your child’s school can convene a COMPLIANT IEP team.  Compliant means you have the required members of the IEP team participating.  This also includes being properly noticed of the meeting by having a (PPN) Parent Participation Notice sent to you. It is understood that some IEPs will go beyond their annual review dates. Please do not feel pressure to participate in a non face-to-face IEP meeting if you are not comfortable. Your student will continue to receive ESE instruction and services even if their IEP has gone beyond the yearly review date.

If I participate in a compliant IEP meeting, how do I sign and will I receive a copy of the completed IEP? 
IEP conference notes will indicate conversation and individual’s participation in the IEP meeting and the ESE Contact or LEA will indicate on the signature page that team members participated via phone or video conferencing. If you have shared an email address, you may receive a pdf version of the IEP via email.

What do I do if I want to participate in a compliant IEP meeting but I  require language facilitation? 
Schools will be able to access the Language Line for this service.

Can I go to school to have my IEP meetings?  
Right now all school campuses are closed until further notice. IEP meetings should only be taking place if parents have been properly noticed and all required team members are able to participate to form a compliant IEP team.

How do I ensure that my child's IEP requirements are being met?
Please contact your child’s school (administration, ESE Coordinator, or teacher) to verify the provided supports and any needed accommodations.


What do I do if I would like my student to be evaluated?
Please contact the ESE Coordinator at your student’s school via email to make the request so we have a record of the date and time the request was made. We are not currently conducting any face-to-face evaluations. When we are able to return to school campuses, meetings will be held to consider these requests for evaluation.If you have already given consent for evaluation, you may be contacted to complete those components that can be done remotely.

If I am able to participate in an initial ESE eligibility meeting, how do I give consent for placement?
The eligibility decision and discussion of recommendations for services and placement will be captured in the conference notes. If parents have the ability to receive documents via email, PDF copies will be sent to parents for signature. 

ESE Services and Support

How are ESE services going to be provided?
We will be providing ESE services as feasible.  Curriculum is available online and can be accessed through the district website.  Service providers will be contacting parents and some services may be able to be provided remotely or guidance will be provided to parents.  See below for examples.

  • Counseling as a Related Service: Counseling will occur via telephone or an approved online video platform. Family counselors will be contacting families when staff returns to work on March 30 and a schedule will be developed with those families. (Please see below for information regarding other related service provision)
  • Support Facilitation (within general education classroom):
    General education teachers will collaborate with ESE service providers in their Google Classrooms. ESE service providers may support the students using existing methods of communication.

How will my student receive his/her accommodations? 
There are accessibility features (e.g., speech-to-text, Screen Reader) built into the Google platform. Help is also available through the District At-Home Learning Resources website

What support will be provided for ESE classrooms? 
Students should be participating in general education activities Options 1, 2 and/or 3 on the SDPBC Instructional Continuity Support Plan. The daily lessons available on the SDPBC Instructional Continuity Support Plan website include support through additional resources. These resources may include online technology, videos, story readers, activities, and more. Additionally, when Access Points are available from the state for a course, lessons include modified curriculum resources for students on Access Points. Please email your child’s ESE Coordinator or teacher to verify the provided supports and any needed accommodations.

How will my student receive academic services and support from their ESE academic service provider
ESE teachers are collaborating with our general education colleagues to provide support to students with disabilities through both option 1 and option 2 of the District's Instructional Continuity Support Plan.

Distance Learning

What will Distance Learning include?
Home packets may be available in a Google Classroom or sent by email to provide activities for practice and maintenance of skills to minimize any potential regression or loss of skills. Web-based resources will be available in the Google Classrooms. 

What if my student doesn’t know their email address? 
Parents can contact the school’s ITSA for assistance or go to the District website for how-to videos for logging into the portal (available in all languages).

Contact Information

Who should I contact with questions?

North Region ESE Office
ESE Coordinator- Ms. Janice Coe
Central Region ESE Office
ESE Coordinator- Ms. Theresa Padro-Morel
561-868-5311( for Spanish)
South Region ESE Office
ESE Coordinator- Ms. Kelley Fisher
Glades Region ESE Office
ESE Coordinator- Ms. Amy Brown
Charter Schools  
ESE Coordinator- Ms.Summer Parr-Bochicchio

The School District of Palm Beach County