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Special education is inherently individual.

That means when classes moved online due to the pandemic, educators, right along with their students, were challenged to meet students’ individual needs — while taking into account a new, online-only method of learning.

Of the more than 14,000 students in the Iowa City Community School District, about 1,500 have an IEP, or an individual education plan, as part of the district’s special education program. Iowa City schools have adjusted along with the pandemic, ensuring each IEP includes a plan for remote learning.

“Our students with IEPs are always general education students first,” said Lisa Glenn, special education director for the district. “And so we’ve got to make sure and provide those accommodations and modifications so that students can access the