Howard County SECAC Notes
November 18, 2020 General Meeting 7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Virtual Meeting
ORDER OF BUSINESS
The Howard County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) advises the school system on the needs of students with disabilities. We collaborate with other community disability advocacy groups to improve special education and the lives of our students in Howard County, MD.
Board of Education Introductions and Updates
Vicky Cutroneo (BOE liaison)
Asked for reading agenda item on Dec 22nd meeting.
Ready to Read Act, screener, reading program.
Public hearing on 2021-2022 academic calendar Dec 22nd as well.
Virtual through Q3. Will have more small groups and in person supports.
$6 million in CARES Act funding from county. Some will be used for small groups.
Unsure how it will be spent.
Chromebook update at tomorrow’s BOE meeting in COVID update.
Department of Special Education Introductions and Updates
Small groups suspended due to COVID metrics. Will review again on Dec 3rd.
Continuing to plan for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.
Dec 7th-11th is inclusive schools week. Families invited to speak at BOE public forum during the week.
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council grant, working with Arc of MD, to have self-advocates speak to schools. Developing a video to incorporate into the SEL lessons for ES. During the month of Dec highlighting disability acceptance.
Questions from group:
Students that were in small groups are returning to virtual schedule they had prior to small groups. Check with case mgr for questions.
Evaluations - Emily Kinsler. Being done at Assessment Center. ~200 assessments have been done. Deciding what things can be done virtually. Watching the metrics closely. Backlog is 400-600. Many students require more than one assessment. Doing backlog and certain certains so they don’t fall further behind.
December 16th - Compensatory/recovery services presentation Missy Alexander from Parent's Place of MD.
December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16. Location subject to change, pending school closure.
Adjournment - 8:06pm.