Meeting Diverse Student Needs

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

The 2020-21 school year’s instructional format will remain flexible to ensure student and staff safety. WDMCS may adjust processes and learning environments at any given point throughout the school year. Depending on community health conditions, a temporary transition to online learning could take place at a classroom, school, or district level.

WDMCS knows it is up to us to create a 2020-21 school year that is safe and effective for students, families, and staff. As always, appropriate interventions, extensions, and supports are determined individually for diverse/exceptional learners.

 All staff guidance includes additional supports for diverse/exceptional learners, PK-12. This includes students with IEPs/504s, English Learners, Gifted/Talented Program students, and students at-risk. WDMCS also provided program-specific guidance to specialists directly supporting those programs. 

At the building level, collaborative teams will return in the fall to review student data and information to support student transitions and continuity of support from spring 2020 as well as determine additional needs related to access and/or engagement during the closure.

Here are some additional ways we will provide accommodations for individual learner needs:

Students with IEPs/504s

Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504s will receive accommodations and modifications specific to that student’s plan. Special education teachers will support the design of appropriate instruction. IEP/504 meetings will continue to be held with families, and IEP Teams will ensure appropriate revisions are made for learning in a virtual environment as necessary. This could include consideration of additional assistive technology. 

Teams will consider the general education setting for all students as they determine appropriate virtual specially designed instruction and changes in LRE. Efforts will be made by the IEP team to create a virtual setting appropriate for all students. District and public health guidelines will be used when considering services students for whom online learning is not practical nor feasible. The school district’s hybrid model addresses this need and will be applied as allowed through district and public health guidelines.

English Learners

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers will support the design of instruction and provide opportunities for students to practice English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Interpretation and translation resources will be used, to the extent possible, to communicate with families in the home language as well as in English. 

Interpreters and translators work in collaboration with the district, schools, and teachers to support communication with English learners and multilingual families. Communication is shared through many different means including the website, app, email, text message, phone call, and direct mailing.

Ayuda con la Tecnología/Tech. Help for Multilingual Virtual Learners on Tuesdays and Fridays

In-person help with technology will be available to multilingual online learners starting Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  • Recibe ayuda con su Chromebook./Get Chromebook help (instructions, how to use).
  • Recibe ayuda con Canvas./Get Canvas help.
  • Recibe ayuda con escuela en línea./Get help with online learning.

Traiga su Chromebook./Bring your Chromebook with you.

Martes/Tuesdays—Learning Resource Center, 2-4 p.m.
3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265

  • 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

Viernes/Fridays—Clive Community Services, 2-4 p.m.
2190 NW 82nd St., Suite A, Clive, IA 0325

  • 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

For Chromebook hardware/software issues, please use the WDMCS Tech. Department form to request tech. support.

Gifted and Talented Learners

Enrichment opportunities will be incorporated into both online and on-site learning. WDMCS will continue to support students in our Gifted/Talented Program so there is not a reduction in opportunities. Please contact Shane Scott for assistance.

Students At-Risk

A variety of resources will be used to connect students with counselors, administrators, family engagement coordinators, and others to provide ample engagement. The WDMCS student support process includes providing appropriate academic, health, and social community resources.