MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
The purpose of this Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB #20-06) is to guide the provision for the continuity of services to young children with developmental delays/disabilities and their families during physical school/program closure made necessary by the State of Emergency Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This guidance remains in effect until further notice and is aligned with schools/programs resuming normal operations.
The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (MSDE, DEI/SES) recognizes that local school systems (LSSs) and public agencies (PAs) have rapidly shifted operations and provisions of service delivery from in-home or community-based sessions to virtual and/or distance learning. For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental delays/disabilities, continuity of services includes the provision of early intervention services to support the child’s family in accordance with the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to the greatest extent possible during these unprecedented times.