In today's world, technology continues to influence instructional options for scholars and families. As Academy of Arts & Sciences is a virtual school, we provide support services in an online environment for scholars with IEPs. In order to have these services or accommodations implemented in our virtual school, we must receive a current copy of the scholar's individualized plan.
Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) is provided by the AAS Special Education Instructors in a virtual online format. IEP services for Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Psychological Services are provided by specialized contractors sent by AAS to provide assessment and therapy services.
Scholars with IEPs cannot participate in independent study unless it is deemed an appropriate instructional placement. The California Department of Education provides explicit rules regarding the admission of scholars with IEPs into independent study:
A. Special education scholar may not participate in independent study unless it is specified as an instructional method in their individualized education program (IEP). EC Section 51745(c)
B. Independent study charter schools must enroll all learners who meet the enrollment requirements set in their charter.
C. For a learner who has an IEP and wants to participate in independent study, a determination as to whether independent study is appropriate must be made within thirty days and written into the IEP.