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.
Reducing or Eliminating the Use of Time-Out Rooms During the 2021-2022 School Year
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Schools and Districts Regarding Special Education — Revised February 2022
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Education Technical Assistance Advisory 2021-1 : COVID-19 Compensatory Services and Recovery Support for Students with IEPs — Updated 09/03/2020
Family Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Compensatory Services and Recovery Support for Students with IEPs During the COVID-19 Pandemic — September 2020
2021-2022 School Year Parent Letter and FAQ
DESE Administrative Advisory SPED 2010-3 (603 CMR 10.07): Private Approved Day and Residential School Tuition Payments — Temporary Absences — May 7, 2010
U.S. Department of Education Question and Answer: Flexibility on IDEA Part B Fiscal Requirements specific to the COVID-19 pandemic — June 26, 2020
U.S. Department of Education Question and Answer: IDEA Part B Use of Funds specific to the COVID-19 pandemic — June 25, 2020
U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) FAQ related to the provision of IEP services during the pandemic — September 28, 2020
U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Question and Answer: IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards specific to the COVID-19 pandemic — June 30, 2020
SEPP Contact Information
Last Updated: August 1, 2022
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for schools
Parents and guardians questions can be directed to COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov
District and school staff's questions can be directed to: Reopeningk12@mass.gov
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