Email distribution by CSD as of April 23, 2020
Community Partners and Allies,
CSD is hopeful that your organization/staff are doing good as we try to work through the crisis together.
The purpose of this email is to share the Community Update by CSD (click on the hyperlink) that was sent out to our students, families, school community, Silver Eagles (retirees) on April 23rd. You will be included in our future community update communication as a partner so that you can stay abreast of what’s going on at CSD.
Recently, I found the below email I found sitting in my draft inbox which was supposed to be sent out to you after the luncheon we had in January, my apologies. Such language in bold refers to what is being typed today in addition to what I wrote back in January.
January 16, 2020
Good morning! I wanted to thank all of you for attending the community luncheon on January 12th. I look forward to continue sharing more information with you all as we progress through the year/decade.
Our Community Advisory Committee (CAC) which is being led by Roberta Monroe and Lilly Benedict will convene again in February. We will be discussing on how to keep you all posted of any developments that are taking place at CSD via CAC’s communication lines. Perhaps, you could share such developments with us as well. That way, we will be able to continue to keep our communication lines open. Our advisory committee haven’t met since February and we intend to work on this when we return to regular business.
The next communication from us will be an invitation to you and your organization to participate in a survey as part of our 6 year self-study cycle. Surveys are being sent out every year to four main audiences; students, families, internal faculty and staff, and community stakeholders. Conducting annual surveys is one of many methods that we utilize to collect input and/or perception upon our programming. Thus, your opinion is valuable to us!
Last spring, CSD was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) for a full term of 6 years! The next self-study review visit will be in spring of 2025. Another task to be done when we return to normalcy.
By the way, I am proud to let you know that there was a conversation with the Special Education Director at CDE last week (early January). She did mention that she recognizes that such indicators as part of the Federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) law might be impeding such placement of Deaf students at CSD. Please view this letter from CEASD to USDOE.
I would recommend that you familiarize this document if your interested: https://ccee-ca.org/documents/workshops/State-Performance-Plan-Indicator-Guide.pdf Indicator 5c basically states that district cannot refer special education student to a separate school (out of the district’s continuum of services). Currently, there is a cap of 3.6 percent. For example, if there are 100 students in a district and three hearing special education student is being referred to a separate school. That would be 3%. Now, if a Deaf student needs to be referred to CSD, it will rise the percentage to 4% leading to possible scrutiny as the district will not be meeting the State Performacne Plan outcomes. Related to this topic, please view this interview if you are interested in learning more about the indicator 5c – Referral to Non Public Schools.
One more thing, I would like to ask that every time you get anything from CSD, please do share such information with the members of your organization.
Once again, thank you and stay healthy!
With Eagle Pride,
Clark and CSD!