Schools That Go ‘Remote’ For Coronavirus Must Keep Serving Students With Disabilities. Can Any Really Do It?
When the Northshore School District in Washington state closed all its schools last week out of concerns over the new coronavirus, district officials promised they’d support their students with disabilities as schools moved all lessons online.
School leaders distributed thousands of laptops and WiFi hotspots to students and urged parents of students with disabilities to share concerns and questions. Still, the switch has proved difficult for some parents — something the district says it’s working to address.
“Unless one of us is sitting with him the whole time, he’s not getting much of an education,” one parent, whose 6-year-old has a disability and found it difficult to concentrate on the online lessons, told The Seattle Times earlier this week.
This situation is likely to become more common as more schools weigh whether to close, and what kind of instruction, if any, to provide while schools are shuttered.