COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators

On this page are resources and information from the Department, the U.S. Department of Education, and other sources regarding special education in the COVID-19 environment. The page is update additional guidance is available.

Please note that this page includes information that is supplemental to the resources and guidance regarding education for all students that is published on the Department's website at DESE COVID-19 Information and Resources.

Guidance and Resources:

Guidance Regarding Instruction and Services for Students with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Environment:

Family Resources and Information:

Fiscal Considerations:

Procedural Safeguards:

Information from Special Education Directors' Meetings:

  • November 19, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    The main focus of this meeting was MA Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility Determination Guidance. The presentation also includes AG's Decision on SEPACs and Open Meeting Law, OSEP Child Find FAQ, Shared Responsibility for Special Education Services in Institutional Settings, and updated PL-1 and PL-2 forms

  • September 24, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    The main focus of this meeting was IDEA Equitable Services. The presentation also includes school district responsibilities for the following topics: child find, consultation, child count, calculations, and services plans.

  • September 10, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    The focus of this meeting included key information and reminders about special education services for the 2021-2022 school year, such as further information about students with medical needs who require remote services. During the meeting, we will also discuss in detail the Department’s advisory relating to reducing or eliminating the use of time-out rooms, including the strategies, interventions, and supports that schools can proactively use to increase the amount of time students spend learning with their peers.

  • August 26, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    Focus of this meeting was the 2021-2022 Family letter and FAQ, School Opening Updates, MCAS Alt updates, Long COVID and IDEA - new guidance from OSEP, New Draft Reusable Learning Object (RLO) for Referral section of Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility (REE), and provided a link to a short survey to inform DESE on the best way to make these meetings be of assistance.

  • July 15, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    Focus of this meeting was updates to the FAQ on compensatory services, equitable services and resolution funds, implementing education in home or hospital settings, early childhood briefs, update on the IEP improvement project, and the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Reports.

  • June 11, 2021 — Presentation Recording
    Focus of this meeting was forthcoming updates to technical assistance advisory SPED 2014-5, updated reusable learning object (RLO) for De-Escalation and Prevention of Physical Restraint, a new frequently asked questions (FAQs) and individual student accommodations and implementing education in home and hospital settings.

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