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1. Special Education Program
The NEW MEXICO VIRTUAL ACADEMY (NMVA) follows federal and state guidelines in regards to providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students eligible for special education services under the supervision of the school’s Special Education Department. The state special education manual serves as a basis for policies and procedures for the Special Education Department. NMVA also follows special education policies and procedures instituted by the partnering district.
The NMVA Special Education Department is led by the Special Education Manager and supported by the K12 Regional and National Special Programs Managers.
As NMVA is a virtual learning environment, special educational services and support are provided through online meeting rooms, phone meetings, and electronic communications. This environment requires constant communication from not only teachers and staff at the school but also from parents, students, and designated learning coaches in order for this educational experience to be successful.
SCHOOL NAME takes steps, including the provision of supplementary aids and services determined appropriate and necessary by the child’s IEP team, to provide nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities in the manner necessary to afford children with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in those services and activities as provided to students without disabilities. Nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities include counseling services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, special interest groups or clubs sponsored by the school district, referrals to agencies that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities and employment of students, including both employment by the school district and assistance in making outside employment available.
Link to State Special Education Rules/Manual www.ped.state.nm.us/SEB/index.html
State Department of Education Website www.ped.state.nm.us
2. Parent Engagement
The NEW MEXICO VIRTUAL ACADEMY views parents as a vital part of the learning process and encourages parents to not only take a leading role in their child’s education but to be an active participant in the IEP process. NEW MEXICO VIRTUAL ACADEMY staff work to provide parents with the support and tools necessary to ensure that their student is successful in the virtual learning environment. If a parent is struggling to support their student in this unique environment, NMVA staff will work with that parent to provide various strategies to assist them in providing the student the best learning environment.
It is the parent’s responsibility to attend scheduled IEP meetings, keep an open line of communication with teachers and therapists, return all IEP and eligibility paperwork in a timely manner, and be an active participant in their child’s education.
If a parent does not follow through on the above items it could jeopardize the student’s enrollment status. NMVA teachers and administration will provide notice to families regarding any noncompliant action that may compromise the student’s enrollment status. Prior to a change in a special education student’s enrollment status, notice will be given to the parent and the IEP Team will meet.