As we plan for the transition back to school in the fall, it’s important to remember that equal access to education doesn’t mean treating everyone the same.
Under the existing plan, students in grades 9-12 will attend school on a rotating basis, with some home learning to be continued. However, some students may require access to school on a full-time basis regardless of their grade level. Students with a disability who can continue some home learning will require support to ensure they have full access to education. Schools should remain inclusive environments, and students with a disability should not be segregated. In addition, clear and timely information around the transition back to school is critical for families of students with a disability in order to allow ample time for planning and establishing a routine.
NBACL recognizes the challenges that lay ahead for educators and families as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances, and is willing to work collaboratively to ensure the needs of students with an intellectual or developmental disability are fully accounted for in planning.