Recovery Efforts: Addressing the Provision of FAPE through Alternative Service Delivery Models for Students with Disabilities During the Re-Opening of Schools

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin June 2020 On March 12, 2020, the State Superintendent of Schools closed Maryland schools for in-person student instruction and extracurricular activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequent orders extended the physical closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. As Maryland begins recovery efforts for the re-opening of school…

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COVID-19 Extension of Transition Time Frame for Autism Waiver Participants

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration June 2020 During the COVID-19 pandemic the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has published guidance related to the  Transitioning Youth Processes that address recommended meetings and contact with the person currently enrolled in the Autism Waiver and their team to evaluate supports and services available. The responsibilities of a Maryland State Department…

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Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

Parents have so many questions about their children’s special education rights and needs during this time of quarantine. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge realized that parents did not know where to turn for answers to their questions so she decided to hold a town hall-style webinar and invited special education attorneys to answer parents’ questions.

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Extended School Year (ESY) Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin May 2020 This technical assistance bulletin includes a flowchart to support the local school system or public agency (LSSs/PAs) in determining Extended School Year (ESY) services due to the extended school closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This document also contains questions and answers that highlight the eligibility decision-making and…

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Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education

Maryland Together COVID-19 Response and Path Forward May 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Strategies for Moving Forward This document presents a number of strategies and considerations for school systems as communities move forward together to embrace the new normal of conducting school operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Reopening of, and re-entry into school buildings is…

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Supporting Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Afterwards

A Guide for Emotional Well-Being Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services Assessing safety, providing support, and ensuring individual children’s needs are met can be very challenging as children are not currently in your classrooms and it is unknown when they will be returning to their school buildings. This…

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