COVID-19 and Special Education

California Department of Education- Stronger Together

CDE's Stronger Together: Special Education


"As LEAs make plans to reopen school sites, they are presented with a unique opportunity—to ensure students with disabilities and other special populations are fully integrated into every aspect of preparation and participation, and to ensure the needs of all students are addressed and the decision benefits all students, staff, and families." 

San Mateo County Office of Education

SMCOE's Pandemic Recovery Framework

"District and special education administrators should work together with families of students with special needs. In this COVID-19 environment, the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) might look different for different students. District teams may consider alternative settings located away from the central campus that may support classrooms with sinks, bathrooms, and unfettered access to outdoor areas. Such environments may also support students who are immunosuppressed or have significant health challenges."

California Department of Education- Special Education Guidance for COVID-19

New Guidance Posted 4/9/2020


"On March 13, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-26-20 requiring the California Department of Education (CDE) to issue guidance on several topics, including ensuring students with disabilities (SWD) receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with their individualized education program (IEP) and meeting other procedural requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and California law. Initial guidance on services to students with disabilities was provided on March 20, 2020."

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