SPED

SPECIAL EDUCATION

At Utah Virtual Academy we are committed to giving every student the tools necessary for growth and learning. This includes students who may need special services. We offer a full range of special education services that are aimed at providing a rich learning environment. This environment, along with qualified teachers and staff, supports each student to make progress in his/her individualized educational program.

Our special education academic services are done in synchronous instruction in accordance to the students’ IEP.  A continuum of education setting is available to all student with disabilities. Special education related services are also in accordance to the student IEP and may be delivered via synchronous instruction or face to face.

We are committed to helping students and parents navigate all the available resources and services. For more information you can visit the Utah State Board of Education Special Education Services site HERE

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

RELATED SERVICES

 What are related services?

  • Related services were created by the federal law IDEA
  • Provided to eligible students with active IEPs – funded by IDEA dollars
  • Provided to eligible students with 504 plans- funded by local dollars

Related services as defined by IDEA:

  • Audiology
  • Counseling Services
  • Early Identification & Assessment
  • Interpreting
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Parent Counseling & Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Recreation
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Health Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Transportation

To learn more detailed information about the IDEA law please visit the US Department of Education.

How do we provide related services?

K12 schools offer a majority of services in a virtual setting. We identify therapists from across the state to provide online therapy. Then we match our students with therapists according to their needs. If needed, the team will consider face to face services that are provided directly to the student They will be held at the therapist’s office or a “neutral” location. Travel may be required for the therapist or the family. Therapy sessions will not be held at a student’s house unless absolutely necessary.

The IEP team will determine what services are needed once eligibility is determined. These services will be assigned by the team and written into the IEP plan. The IEP must include a description of services, start date, end date, frequency and duration.

If you have any questions please contact:

Related Services Coordinator
Christina Vaifanua
801-262-4922 Ext. 6310
cvaifanua@utahvirtual.org

TRANSITION SERVICES

Throughout your child’s life you have helped them navigate several transitions.  A student will transition from elementary to middle school and then again onto high school and beyond.  Each transition is a small celebration of learning and growing. Here at Utah Virtual Academy we want to help make one of the bigger transitions from school to adult life as smooth and successful for your student as we possibly can. We have gathered together several resources for you to aid with the school to life transition. We are excited to support you and your student throughout this process. Starting in middle school, the transition plan is a part of your student’s IEP.  During the meeting, the team will set post-secondary goals with your student

We also have a transition team to help you navigate this exciting time in your student’s life. Our Transition Coordinator is Isaac Rodenbough, his contact information is 1-801-262-4922 ext. 6280 or irodenbough@utahvirtual.org Our Transition Specialist is Kerri Smith her contact information is 1-801-262-4922 ext. 7487 or ksmith@utahvirtual.org. Please get to know them and take advantage of their knowledge and help throughout your student’s high school years here at Utah Virtual Academy.

For more information and resources regarding transition, please visit http://www.utvatransition.org

 

GUARDIANSHIP

Guardianship is a legally authorized relationship between a competent adult (the guardian) and an individual with a disability.  In Utah, all special education rights transfer to the student at age 18 unless guardianship has been previously awarded.  At age 18 the student reaches the age of majority and is considered an adult.  Parents are no longer required to be informed or give their consent for programs or services.  The law requires schools to notify students about the rights that transfer to them when they reach the age of majority by at least one year before their eighteenth birthday.  As an adult, your student could decide to exclude you from participating in meetings and making decisions about adult services.

For more information please visit the following web sites:                                                                                                             Utah Parent Center                                                                                                                                                                                         Guardianship Associates of Utah

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