In preparation for the start of the school year and with the hopes of students being on-site in West Ada schools, the Special Services Department is looking for community members that have sewing expertise. Recommendations during the COVID-19 Pandemic include staff wearing masks. However, we have many students that need to see their teacher or therapist's mouth in order to learn. For example, a student learning how to say their sounds correctly need to see a Speech-Language Pathologist's mouth and a student who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing need to be able to lip read. To help these students, West Ada is in need of clear face masks. If you have sewing expertise, please consider making and donating clear face masks to help support the learning needs of students with disabilities. Thank you!To Learn More:Research Supporting Use of Clear Face Masks: https://www.mother.ly/news/clear-masks-let-kids-see-facesClear Face Mask Pattern: https://www.ndcs.org.uk/blog/diy-face-masks-with-clear-panels/To Donate Please Drop Off Donations At:West Ada School DistrictDistrict Service CenterSpecial Services Department1303 E. Central DriveMeridian, ID 83642Contact with Questions:DSCSped@westada.org
Students with Health Concerns
During this time of global pandemic, we are aware that many of the students who receive special education services have health conditions which place them at greater risk if they should contract COVID-19. Safety of students and staff continues to be our highest priority as we plan educational options for all students. To address those most at risk, the Health Services and Special Services departments have worked together to draft a letter to begin critical conversations about student needs with families and health care providers.
Special Services Support Line: 208-855-4400 Email: DSCsped@westada.org
We hope your remote learning experience is going well. We understand these are trying times for many. This new remote system of education is exciting, but we also realize it can be taxing.
It is our hope that you have been able to reach your student’s teachers, support staff and or administration easily when and if you have a question, concern, or a need to process information.
There may be times when you may need a little extra support. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed or a bit lost. Maybe you just need some human connection to work through all the challenges of change. For these times we have established a system to put you in direct contact with someone who can help.
The Special Services Support Line is now up and running (Phone: 208-855-4400; Email: DSCsped@westada.org). Our staff will connect you via email or phone within 24 hours to the staff member best able to provide you the support you are seeking.
Thank you for all you are doing to support your student during these challenging times. We appreciate you and hope this service provides you and your student some extra sense of security.