Special Education Guidance for COVID-19
- Online Professional Development Opportunities for Supporting Students with Disabilities (Updated 11/5/2020)
- Professional Development Opportunities for Supporting Students with Disabilities (Updated 11/5/2020)
- US DOE Q&A on IDEA Part B Service Provision (Published 9/28/2020)
- US DOE Q&A for K-12 Public Schools in the Current COVID-19 Environment (Published 9/28/2020)
The page provides resources for Washington State schools and districts to guide decisions and provision of FAPE for students receiving special education during the COVID school closures.
The purpose of these resources are to provide guidance and best practices for addressing the unique considerations for supporting students with disabilities, their families, and all educators throughout the school reopening process. During these unprecedented times, we remain focused on providing needed services to students and addressing barriers to access so all students receive quality educational services. Please share your feedback on this guidance document with us through our Survey—Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance.
- Guidance Document Updated 9/3/2020
- Planning Guide Form Published 7/30/2020
- Guidance for Families on Special Education Services during COVID-19 Presentation Slides Published 9/4/2020
- Summary for Families: Reopening WA Schools 2020 Special Education Guidance Published 8/19/2020
- LRE Case Study Updated 9/29/2020
This resource outlines case studies for providing specially designed instruction (SDI) and related services across school reopening models, including considerations for identifying settings and least restrictive environment (LRE). The case studies examples include elementary, middle school and behavior, secondary transition, and preschool. There is also an appendix with frequently asked questions.
This guidance is not intended to duplicate the content of the Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide, which included special education participation.
This guidance is current as of August 26, 2020. The Q&A includes information for districts, educators, and families on FAPE for students with disabilities during school closures to include: provision of services, early childhood considerations, secondary transition considerations, child care, communication with families, timelines, fiscal considerations, and additional resources. Information in the Q&A will be updated frequently to reflect current guidance as it is released. If you have questions, please contact Glenna Gallo, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, or call at 360-725-6075.
In partnership with the Washington State Early Childhood Special Education Coordination Team, OSPI Special Education has developed guidance on the Provision of Services to Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs during School Facility Closure. The guidance document addresses early childhood transition from IDEA, Part C to Part B, including the role of school districts in the initial eligibility process. Other topics include child outcome summary (COS) entry and exit ratings, and considerations for students transitioning to kindergarten during a school facility closure. For additional information, please contact Ryan Guzman, OSPI Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, at Ryan.Guzman@k12.wa.us.
- Guidance Regarding IEP Reviews During COVID-19 Published 3/18/2020
- Online (and Offline) Resources to Support Continuous Learning for Students with Disabilities Updated 11/5/2020
- Professional Development Opportunities for Supporting Students with Disabilities Updated 11/5/2020
- U.S. Department of Education: Questions and Answers on IDEA Part B Service Provision (September 28, 2020)
- U.S. Department of Education: Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools in the Current COVID-19 Environment (Published 9/28/2020)
- COPAA, NASDSE, NDRN, National Place Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
- DVR limits in-person services in response to COVID-19 outbreak: News Release
- Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) Guidance Memo #2020-01
- Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency
- OCR and OSERS Supplemental Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
- Remote Interpreting in Educational Settings: Best Practice Recommendations
- School-Based Health Care Services (SBHS) COVID-19 Billing FAQ
- U.S. Department of Education: Supplemental Fact Sheet (Español) Addressing Serving Children with Disabilities during COVID-19 national emergency (March 21, 2020)
- U.S. Department of Education: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 12, 2020)