FERPA & Coronavirus
Implementing IDEA and Section 504 During COVID-19 Outbreak
The U.S. Department of Education issued a new Q & A document on providing services to children with disabilities during the outbreak. The guidance advises that if a school district closes and does not provide any educational services to the general student population, it would not be required to provide services to students with disabilities during that period of time. The Department makes clear that once school resumes, IEP teams and 504 teams will need to make individualized determinations as to whether compensatory services are needed. For school districts providing educational opportunities during a closure, the Department expects schools will ensure that students with disabilities will have equal access to the same opportunities. This includes providing regular and special education and related aids and services to meet the individual educational needs of disabled students as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met when educational opportunities are provided.
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