Thank you! Thank you! We have had a rough journey with getting speech services to our students and I wanted to write and let you know how much I appreciate your patience in our transition.
As most of you are aware our speech pathologist has resigned. We put ads out in every major news outlet, message boards, social media and national job hunting agencies. There were no applicants for the position. The timing of the position made it very hard to fill. Many good clinicians are under contract and can’t get out of their obligations at this time of the year. In May, we will place all the ads again and search for a speech pathologist who can be a member of our staff. My hope is that we are able to attract a very good clinician who will be with us for the long term.
The Special Education team and I reviewed an online program that looks very promising. Our last experience was less than stellar and the reservations we all have about going online are valid. The previous online company was out of Canada and that made it harder for us to get the services needed for Oklahoma students. The company we are going to use for the remainder of the year is PresenceLearning. I have enclosed an information sheet so you can check it out. They will provide a clinician who is Oklahoma certified and will be in direct contact with you about your student’s progress.
We have been meeting with them and setting up the proper lines of communication to serve the students in a much better manner than last year. Our staff will have a kick off meeting on November 28, 2016 and we will hold a parent meeting on December 7, 2016 with the staff of PresenceLearning on site to answer your questions. Ms. Richmond will be getting reminders out before that meeting.
After reviewing PresenceLearning and their procedures, I am confident their services will be better for students. We want to invite you to come to the parent meeting and also attend a speech session with your student when we get set up and going. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. Once again thank you for your willingness to help us through this change.