Q & A Corner - Issue #88

NASET Q & A Corner

Questions and Answers on

Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Provision of Services in the Current COVID-19 Environment

Introduction

This issue of NASET’s Q & A Corner was written by the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision of services in the current COVID-19 environment. Decisions about the 2020-2021 school year, including how and when educational and other services are provided, are being made by State and local officials, with continued academic growth and the safety of the local school community being of paramount significance. This document is meant to aid Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and parents in identifying steps they can take to ensure that as the 2020-2021 school year continues, children with disabilities are well-positioned with an educational program that meets each child’s unique needs. Just as a child’s needs may change during the school year, so can the circumstances needed to ensure the health and safety of children and the entire school community. Therefore, school staff and parents are encouraged to work together to find ways to meet the needs of children with disabilities, notwithstanding the COVID-19 challenges.

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