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In Home Learning - Special Education

Based on continued increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the region and specifically in South King County, Renton School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Sept. 2 with fully in-home learning. At this time, we cannot predict how long we will remain in the in-home learning model. Our goal is to begin in-person instruction in our hybrid in-school/in-home model when public health authorities advise that it is safe. At that time, families will have the option to continue remaining with in-home learning if they choose. 

For months, district staff have been preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, working to refine and improve our in-home instruction, redefining student-teacher expectations, and putting in place health and safety protocols and devices to ensure our schools and workplaces are prepared as we start school on September 2 fully remote.

Contact your child's IEP Case Manager to discuss your student's needs and services.  If you need contact information for your student's IEP Case Manager, call or email your student's school.  

Special Education Family Communication 8/28/2020 

Special Education in the Renton School District will follow the remote learning plan of the district: Renton School District’s 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan, All students will begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely.  All students with disabilities will have schedules consistent with their school.

  • Renton Academy and Adult Transition Program (ATP) schedules will be consistent with schedules in the past.
  • Meadow Crest Early Learning Center Inclusive Preschool classes will shift from 2.5 hours a day 4 days a week to 2 hours a day 5 days a week.

Special Education in this model will include:

  • PreK-21 services delivered live and recorded five days a week with a consistent and regular schedule. Services will be delivered in alignment with the general education in-home learning expectations and include regular, scheduled, 1:1 and small group live instruction through Google classroom, in addition to regular, scheduled live and recorded, digital tool, or paper/pencil learning tasks that align with each student’s IEP service minute requirements.
  • IEPs will be fully implemented in the in-home learning environment beginning on the first day of school of September 2, 2020. There will not be continuous learning plans.
    • IEP goal progress will be monitored weekly.
  • Special education services and accommodations will be provided through in-home learning. A few students may require small group, in-person instruction as determined by IEP teams. IEP teams will make these decisions based on the students’ progress and safety and health considerations. In-person instruction will be provided in small groups following all health and safety guidelines.  In-person instruction may occur at a school other than your student’s neighborhood or previously determined school.  Transportation will be provided.  In-person services may be for small portions of the school day and up to a full school day, as determined by the IEP team.
  • Students with an IEP that currently require 1:1 assistance, will be provided by staff through remote and/or in-person services at a school, as determined by the IEP team
  • Evaluations for special education services may be conducted remotely or in-person, as determined by the evaluation team.  In-person evaluations will be done by appointment, following safety and health guidelines.
  • All special education meetings (i.e. IEP and evaluations) will held remotely via video or phone participation.

If you have questions related to your students IEP, please contact your student’s IEP case manager, contact your student’s school, or email