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COVID-19 – Special Education Updates and Resources

Revised on September 17, 2020.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) understands that guidance can change quickly as information evolves.

DPI frequently updates its COVID-19 webpage to reflect the current situation with this novel coronavirus being monitored by the CDC.

The Special Education Team regularly updates its COVID-19 Special Education Question and Answer Document regarding the impact on students with IEPs.Updated (Updated 9/17/20)

The department has recorded a presentation to help develop a greater understanding, particularly for families, of guidance issued to date in response to challenges facing school communities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In particular, the presentation focuses on the guidance contained in the Extended School Closure Due to COVID-19 Special Education Question and Answer Document.

Additional information:

Supplemental Resources for Supporting Students with IEPs During COVID-19 new

DPI continues to share updated information with district administrators frequently. There is a listing of these updates and any attachments at the district administrators' email chrono page. Additional special education and pupil services newsletter items are archived here.

The Office of Special Education Programs has provided a Frequently Asked Questions Document. Additional information was released on March 21, 2020, emphasizing that special education requirements must be provided consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to those students.

For questions about this information, contact DPI Sped Team (608) 266-1781