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Message to Special Programs Families / Mensaje para las familias de los Programas Especiales

Posted on: April 10, 2020

Dear Parents of Students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs),

We know that this is a trying time for all of us, and we look forward to working together to serve our students with IEPs. We realize that as parents you know your students and circumstances best. Our goal is to provide you the option of access to the services in your child’s IEP as well as the general education curriculum. 

We have developed a plan that we believe will meet most of the IEP needs for your children with full awareness that these IEPs were developed to be implemented in a physical school setting under the full time guidance of trained professionals, which is no longer the case. Our goal is meet each of our families where you are in this difficult situation and provide the individual support that you need to the best of our ability. 

You will be hearing from your student’s Case Manager this week to discuss the options to serve your child during distance learning. Here are some important things for you to know:

  • All Special Education Teachers will create a classroom contact site using Class Dojo or Google Classroom.
  • Each Special Education Teacher will have virtual office hours where you and/or your student can choose a check-in time, at least weekly.
  • The district has selected a limited set of resources at this time but will be looking at expanding the options as we move forward. 
  • We are working on providing Chromebooks and internet solutions to students in need, but all of our resources will also have an offline option available if needed.
  • Service minutes on an IEP reflect the total amount of time spent on that content. If you feel that it is too much time in the home setting, please let your case manager know. We want to be flexible with the amount of work we ask for and tailor to individual needs.
  • Students and families will receive direction for how to access each goal area of the IEP.
  • Students who receive speech services will be hearing from their SLP regarding how those services will be delivered.

We understand that this is a challenging time for all of us, and we want you to know that we care about you and are here for you and your family. We invite you to communicate with your school’s Special Education teacher at any time and we will work together to come up with a plan that is workable for your family.

Please know that you and your children are sorely missed by their teachers. We look forward to touching base soon! 

Special Programs Staff 


Spanish Translation

Estimados padres de estudiantes que tienen Planes de Educación Individualizado (IEP por sus siglas en inglés):

Sabemos que este es un momento difícil para todos nosotros, y esperamos trabajar juntos para servir a nuestros estudiantes con IEP. Nos damos cuenta de que, como padres, ustedes conocen mejor a sus estudiantes y sus circunstancias. Nuestro objetivo es brindarle la opción de acceso a los servicios en el IEP de su hijo/a, así como en el plan de estudios de educación general. 

Hemos desarrollado un plan que creemos que satisfará la mayoría de las necesidades de IEP, para sus hijos con plena conciencia de que estos IEP se desarrollaron para implementarse en un entorno escolar físico, bajo la guía a tiempo completo de profesionales capacitados, lo cual ya no es el caso. Nuestro objetivo es conocer a cada una de nuestras familias, en las que se encuentra esta difícil situación y brindarles el apoyo individual que necesitan, de la mejor manera posible. 

Esta semana tendrá noticias del gerente de caso de su hijo/a, para hablar sobre las opciones para atender a su hijo/a durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Aquí hay algunas cosas importantes que debe saber:

  • Todos los maestros de educación especial crearán un sitio de contacto del salón de clase, usando las plataformas “Class Dojo” o “Google Classroom”.
  • Cada maestro de educación especial tendrá un horario de oficina virtual donde usted y/o su estudiante pueden elegir un horario para hacer revisiones, al menos semanalmente.
  • El distrito ha seleccionado un conjunto limitado de recursos en este momento, pero buscará expandir las opciones a medida que avancemos.
  • Estamos trabajando para proporcionar “Chromebooks” (especie de laptop) y soluciones de Internet a los estudiantes que lo necesitan, pero todos nuestros recursos también tendrán disponible una opción fuera del Internet si es necesario.
  • Los minutos de servicio en un IEP reflejan la cantidad total de tiempo dedicado a ese contenido. Si cree que es demasiado tiempo en el hogar, infórmele a su gerente de caso. Queremos ser flexibles con la cantidad de trabajo que solicitamos y adaptarnos a las necesidades individuales.
  • Los estudiantes y las familias recibirán instrucciones sobre cómo acceder a cada área de meta del IEP.
  • Los estudiantes que reciben servicios de habla y lenguaje, recibirán noticias de su Especialista de Habla y Lenguaje (SLP por sus siglas en inglés) sobre cómo se prestarán esos servicios.

Entendemos que este es un momento desafiante para todos nosotros, y queremos que sepa que nos preocupamos por usted y que estamos aquí para usted y su familia. Lo invitamos a comunicarse con el maestro de Educación Especial de su escuela en cualquier momento y trabajaremos juntos para llegar a un plan que sea viable para su familia.

Por favor sepa que usted y sus hijos son profundamente extrañados por sus maestros. ¡Esperamos conectarnos con usted pronto!

Personal de los Programas Especiales

Distance Learning Resources / Recursos de educación a distancia

Posted on: April 2, 2020
Distance Learning Resources Page

In accordance with guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education, the Greater Albany Schools District will be engaging students in distance learning during the COVID-19 closure, as well as continuing to offer a variety of online and offline OPTIONAL (non-graded) resources and activities

These resources are organized by grade level and subject.  Our goal is to provide an OPTIONAL online resource and offline (not technology-based) resource for each activity.   You will see ideas scheduled as a day so you can move through things at your pace. Our goal is to provide support for you to structure your time as it best fits your family. Materials should be considered supplemental and optional until ODE’s Distance Learning for All initiative begins on April 13.

All district resources can be accessed by students on non-district computers by using the district passwords; students who are logged into their student Google accounts can access passwords here. Passwords are also posted in Clever and Google Classroom.


Spanish Translation

Recursos de educación a distancia

Familias del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany:

De acuerdo con las pautas del Departamento de Educación de Oregón, el Distrito de Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany involucrará a los estudiantes en el aprendizaje a distancia durante el cierre de las escuelas por el COVID-19, además de continuar ofreciendo una variedad de recursos y actividades OPCIONALES (no calificados) en el Internet y fuera del Internet.

Estos recursos están organizados por nivel de grado y materia. Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar un recurso OPCIONAL en el Internet y un recurso fuera del Internet (no basado en tecnología) para cada actividad. Usted verá ideas programadas para un día para que pueda moverse a su ritmo. Nuestro objetivo es brindarle apoyo para estructurar su tiempo de la mejor manera posible para su familia. Los materiales deben considerarse complementarios hasta que la iniciativa de “Educación a distancia para todos de ODE” comience el 13 de abril.

Los estudiantes pueden acceder a todos los recursos del distrito en computadoras que no pertenecen al distrito, utilizando las contraseñas del distrito; los estudiantes que han iniciado sesión en sus cuentas del programa Google de estudiantes pueden acceder a las contraseñas aquí. Las contraseñas también se publican en las plataformas “Clever” y “Google Classroom”.

Registration Information

Posted on: March 3, 2020

Families interested in enrolling with Albany Online do NOT need to complete the K12.com enrollment process. Albany Online will take care of that for you.

Simply complete the attached paperwork and call Albany Online to schedule an enrollment meeting. Please be sure you communicate with your current school regarding withdrawal dates and the return of all school supplies.

Intent to Enroll Form

Registration Form

It is recommended that students enrolling with Albany Online, at this point in the semester, complete the school year with the online program.

Still have questions? Give us a call at: 541-967-4607

Now Enrolling for Spring 2020!

Posted on: January 13, 2020

Kindergarten–12th grade students are eligible for this FREE program.

Your Child Can Thrive

As a K¹² partner school, Albany Online ignites the minds of children like yours to bring learning and innate possibility alive. Together, we are helping area students in grades K-12 reach their personal potential. As a program within the GAPS district, it is fast and easy to transition to and from the Online program.

Call 541-967-4607 for more information.

Information Night – January 23rd & 28th

Posted on: January 13, 2020

We encourage you to join us for an information night hosted by our local Albany Online staff.  Participants will learn more about the Albany Online program and may submit an enrollment packet for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Individual sessions are held at a time convenient to you
  • Group sessions are held in mid/late August and in January. Watch this page for specific dates, or give us a call!  We are happy to talk with you.

2020 Spring enrollment information sessions are:

          Thursday, January 23rd – 6:00 pm

          Tuesday, January 28th – 6:00 pm

All Information Night events will be held at the Greater Albany Public School district office, 718 Seventh Ave SW, Albany. Parking and entry is in the back of the building.

We are currently planning field trips for 2019–2020

Posted on: September 13, 2019

During the 2018 -2019 school year, we enjoyed; the pumpkin patch, a presentation by “Teddy Roosevelt”, Storybook Land, SafeHaven Humane Society, The Albany Regional Museum, a session in relaxation through Yoga, and Discovery Days at OSU.

All 6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in Outdoor School too!

“Like” our Facebook Page: Albany Online – Albany, OR to see the latest events, details and updates.