Ways to Work with Students Simultaneously Live and Online

In the spring of 2020, our school went completely online with no grades given and no attendance taken. However, the district—and federal government—expected speech-language pathologists (and other special education staff) to get up and running immediately and fully meet IEP mandates. Many of us felt immense stress and worked during summer break to make up sessions.

For the 2020–2021 school year, our district gave parents the option of either full online or hybrid education. The online option gives students daily synchronous classes. Weekly hybrid education for elementary students includes four half-days onsite and one half-day of virtual instruction and independent learning. Hybrid education for s middle and high school students includes in-person instruction two days per week, remote learning two days per week, and half-day tutorial/office hours the fifth day. Special students in self-contained classes attend school five days a week, either in-person or virtually, with one late start day.

If hybrid students stay home on their…read more