When students who have 504 Accommodation Plans enroll in DVS, their 504 designation is immediately available to the DVS counselors through the DoDEA Student Information System database. The DVS counselors work in collaboration with the brick and mortar 504 team to ensure the development, modification, and implementation of 504 Accommodations Plans to support students within the DVS curriculum. The DVS counselors ensure that DVS teachers are knowledgeable about student accommodations. For students who enroll in DVS and become eligible for a 504 plan after their enrollment, the DVS counselors initiate and coordinate the development and implementation of a 504 Accommodation Plan in collaboration with the brick and mortar 504 team as appropriate. The teams jointly follow the policies and procedures outlined in DoDEA AI 2500.14, Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA-conducted Education Programs and Activities and will work with DVS to provide the virtual and/or physical accommodations necessary for a student with a disability to have access to DoDEA educational programs and services.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Parents of students whose first language is not English and who are identified as in need of ESOL services will receive these services from a certified ESOL teacher assigned to the DVS. DVS ESOL teachers provide support according to the level of English language proficiency of each student. The supports provided by DVS ESOL teachers will vary in frequency according to each student's English language learning needs. DVS ESOL teachers will also provide support by reinforcing for their students age and grade-level appropriate language and academic concepts. DVS ESOL teachers may work remotely with students individually or in small groups. DVS ESOL teachers will work with their brick and mortar counterparts to identify students who are in need of ESOL services, and to assess how the students are making progress towards proficiency. ESOL teachers will recommend linguistic accommodations to DVS grade level classroom teachers (elementary) and/or content area teachers (high school). Parents will receive communications regarding DVS ESOL services in multiple ways, to include; directly from the DVS ESOL Teacher, the DVS Principal or Designee, and through announcements at the DVS Website. Parents who have questions regarding ESOL services should first contact their DVS ESOL teacher.
Some helpful student and parent resources for English and academic language development include:
DVS Advanced Academic Programs and Services Resource Teachers (AAPS-RTs) will provide the following services for students receiving Levels III or IV services in grades K-5:
CogAT will be administered as part of the referral process if the local school building is open (HPCON A or B). The local school AAPS-RT will administer the CogAT. This will be by appointment ONLY.
The DVS grade level teachers should reach out to the DVS AAPS-RT regarding student strengths, and when they believe a student needs a more challenging level of service. They should provide to the DVS AAPS-RT information on students who have been referred for advanced academic services.
Students in grades 6-12 may continue to receive the appropriate differentiated services and accelerated course options if those options are available in the virtual school.