November 11th – 15th

Article of the Week: Why suspending or expelling students often does more harm than good..

Important Notes:

Home Tutoring:
You may not have one of your students receiving instruction via home tutoring very often, so I thought I’d refresh your memory (or fill you in if you weren’t aware) that program teachers are responsible for providing instructional materials to the tutor. There is no set format (e.g. packets, via iPad, an outline of and materials for what is to be covered, etc.) for what teacher(s) need to provide the tutor – just that the instructional materials and lesson focus comes from program teachers to the tutor.

Here is a reminder from Sean regarding private practitioners in our schools:
Bend-La Pine Schools does not allow private practitioners to conduct business in our schools during school hours.  This includes a private behavioral health therapist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, private behavior support skills trainer, observations by family advocates or any person hired by a student’s family to provide services.  Usually, this will come through as a request from a family to have their private provider observe the student in the school setting.  This does not include private folks related to contracts or partnerships we have with community partners (The Child Center, School-Based Health Center, Deschutes County Health).  Also, this does not include parents inviting a private practitioner to an IEP or team meeting, which is perfectly fine.  If you are approached by a family or private provider about observing or working with a student in your school, consider and try the following:

  1. Explain that BLPS does not allow private providers to conduct business in our schools.  In turn, we will not propose conducting academic instruction in their office.  
  2. Inquire about the type of information they hope to obtain, and offer to have a member of the school team provide that information.  Typically, with the permission of the parents, we can conduct an observation and share the results with the family and private provider.
  3. If the family requests that a provider come into school and perform their services in the school setting, inquire about those services and, if appropriate, explain that we have trained staff that can deliver those services.  If needed, convene and school or IEP team to consider the services requested by the parent.
  4. Offer to have our team members consult with the private provider to learn about their work and align services when appropriate.
  5. If asked about a specific policy, please refer to KK-AR: Visitors to District Facilities

11.11.10 Veteran’s Day- No School
11.13.19 Personal Professional Development (meeting times with your teams during this time) *January 15th we will have our first share out with each team!

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