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Special Education Supports and Services During COVID

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The services your child receives during this time depends on what services your child normally receives. Students with an IEP are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Related Services

Some related services can be provided through technology. Others that require face to face delivery cannot happen at this time.

Accommodations and Modifications 

The accommodations and modifications your child needs during distance learning might not be the same as what they needed in the classroom.

Assistive Technology 

There may be additional assistive technology needs that have to be considered.  Districts must consider the student’s technology needs in order to provide access to regular and special education services. If additional technology or internet service is needed for a student to receive FAPE, it must be provided by the school, at no charge.

Contingency Learning Plan 

For each student with an IEP, the state is encouraging IEP teams to create a contingency learning plan to explain the special education and related services the district is able to provide during the pandemic. This plan is individualized, based on the current IEP, and makes sure the student can access the education now being offered by their district. Districts are encouraged to develop the plan with input from parents because parents are part of the IEP Team. 

Foregone Learning 

When school resumes, each IEP team will review the provision of FAPE during the period of distance learning,  and determine whether compensatory services are warranted in any service area, including instruction and individual therapies.

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