The Newest Federal Guidance

*More information about Dispute Resolution is available from The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education here.

Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen

Educational institutions and programs across the country are assessing the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic at the local level and implementing strategies to reopen in the fall. We hope these schools and organizations are consulting with you⁠—the professionals dedicated to the success of infants, children, and youth with exceptionalities—in developing these plans. Learn more here. 

Education Organizations Call for Focus on Most Vulnerable Students in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic 

More than a dozen education and civil rights organizations are calling for education leaders across the country to prioritize the most vulnerable students as states and districts make tough budget decisions for how to spend dwindling state and local resources and limited federal recovery dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here. 

CDC News​
Center for Disease Control Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommended as the primary source of information. View the CDC information on the virus here. 

Other Federal Guidance​
OSEP Guidance COVID-19

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has issued guidance on providing services to children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic March 2020. 

From OSEP: "This Question and Answers document outlines states' responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families and to the staff serving these children." Download the document here. 

Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students and staff, educators can use distance learning opportunities to serve all students. View the full statement from the Department of Education regarding the accessibility and distance learning for students with disabilities here.

Department of Education

The Education Department has a webpage for schools, child care, and colleges which will be regularly updated and include the most current information on COVID-19.  It will also link to CDC information. The Department has also asked for questions to be directed to COVID-19@ed.gov. The webpage is here.  

Office of Head Start

The Office of Head Start (OHS) within the HHS has issued guidance to assist grantees in responding the virus to protect staff and children. The guidance recommends collaboration and coordination with local health departments and use of the CDC website for obtaining current information and interim guidance to help administrators of public and private child care programs and K–12 schools. Additional links to guidance are available here.