English as a Second Language/ILP
Upon initial enrollment in the Sevier County School System, the parents of all students will complete the Home Language Survey. Students requiring screening in grades K-12 will be screened using a WIDA screener (WAPT for kindergarten and WIDA Screener for grades 1-12). If your student qualifies for ESL services, you will be contacted with additional information. Any returning English Language Learner who has not tested English Proficient (using the state’s exit criteria for the spring 2020 WIDA Access test) will continue to receive ESL instruction during the 2020-21 school year.
All students needing ESL services will receive them through either on-site or remote instruction, according to state and federal guidelines. A plan for services based on individual student needs will be determined and agreed upon by the English Language teacher and the parent. Student testing and other sources of student performance will be used to establish learning goals and to create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that is reviewed and updated each four and one-half weeks. Remote instruction will include a combination of the following: Google Classroom which may include synchronous or asynchronous assignments, instructional videos, activities to be done with family members, live video chats with instructors, texts, and teleconferencing. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school.
All students will be universally screened in reading, math, and writing and all data will be considered by the RTI² team to determine if services are needed. If your student qualifies for RTI² services, we will contact you with more information. Any student needing RTI² services will receive them whether in person or remotely, according to state and federal RTI² guidelines. These guidelines include daily research-based intervention of appropriate duration and intensity, bi-weekly testing in the area of need, review of progress by the team to determine growth and modify future intervention to meet needs, and monthly communication with parents about student progress. As in classrooms, instruction will be provided through teacher led interventions which may include synchronous or asynchronous assignments, instructional videos, activities to be done with family members, and/or live video chats with instructors. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school.
Students with disabilities will be provided with special education instruction and related services per the student’s Individualized Education Plan. IEP meetings will be held via teleconference or videoconference when necessary. Questions regarding testing or special education programming should be directed to the Special Services department. Because remote learning may affect how special education and related services are provided, the student’s IEP team will work to ensure that the student receives services to the most appropriate extent possible. All accommodations for students with a 504 services plan will be provided by both the remote learning teacher and in the traditional setting.
All accommodations for students with a 504 services plan will be provided by both the remote learning teacher and in the traditional setting.
School counselors at each school will regularly schedule check-ins with students learning at home under the remote learning option. Additional mental and emotional health services will be available to families by contacting the student’s traditional assigned school. Local resources for families can be found in the Community Resource Guide (Here). To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call 877-237-0004. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential, support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text "Home" to 741-741.
School library media specialists will communicate processes for checking library books in and out. The Sevier County School System places an emphasis on literacy and students’ access to reading materials tailored to individual interests.