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Primary Disability/Level of Need-PL3 (Level 4s offered 4 days in person)

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… the Department urges schools and districts to prioritize in-person instruction for two particular groups of students with disabilities: preschool-aged students, and students with significant and complex needs. Remote learning is often more challenging for these students.

For the purposes of this document, students with complex and significant needs include:

  • Students already identified as “high needs” through the IEP process on the IEP form entitled “Primary Disability/Level of Need-PL3.” Such students must meet at least two of these criteria: 
    • Services provided outside of the general education classroom;
    • Service providers are special education teachers and related service providers;
    • Special education services constitute more than 75% of the student’s school day;
    • Students who cannot engage in remote learning due to their disability-related needs;
    • Students who primarily use aided and augmentative communication;
    • Students who are homeless
    • Students in foster care or congregate care; and/or
    • Students dually identified as English Learners.
Even if the rest of the school has entered into a hybrid or remote model of instruction, schools and districts must make every effort to maintain in-person instruction for students with disabilities, particularly those with complex and significant needs and preschool-aged students.

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