Speaking Out on Virtual Special Education

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Carolyn Swanson, whose daughter Dorothy is in first grade in Pacific Grove Unified near Monterey, said she’s fine with distance learning and online teacher meetings — if that’s what it takes to keep her daughter safe.

Dorothy has Down syndrome and, like a lot of children with disabilities, is especially vulnerable to illness.

“I’m not worried about online school or Dorothy falling behind,” Swanson said. “Those things don’t matter. I just want her to be safe and healthy.”

Her first online IEP meeting “was pretty standard,” she said, but she missed bringing pastries to Dorothy’s teachers.

“The only weird thing is that we were all operating under the assumption that school is going to reopen this fall,” she said. “It felt like we were going through the motions.”

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