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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Recovery Efforts: Addressing the Reopening of Nonpublic Special Education Schools

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin June 2020 On June 10, 2020,the State Superintendent of Schools announced, in coordination with the second stage (medium risk) of the Governor’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Plan, that nonpublic special education schools (NPSs) will have the option to reopen their school buildings to provide instruction through an alternative service delivery…

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FREE Virtual BINGO Party!! on July 3rd

Join us via videoconference for fun and games on July 3rd at 5pm! Visit with friends! Five Chances to Win an Amazon gift card!! FREE! but registration required (Virtual space is limited) Register by 11:30pm on July 1 and receive by e-mail: ·  Videoconference login information ·  BINGO cards (PDF) for download ·  Game schedule and instructions NOTE:  Reserve ONE card per player. We’ll…

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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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Q&A with Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney Disability Rights Maryland

Special Education During the COVID19 Pandemic Webinar May 26, 2020 Leslie Seid Margolis, managing attorney for Disability Rights Maryland, discussed important MSDE updates to special education recommendations for continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the presentation slides

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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.

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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Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Q&A with Leslie Seid Margolis, Disability Rights Maryland

Special Education During the COVID19 Pandemic Webinar May 26, 2020 Leslie Seid Margolis, managing attorney for Disability Rights Maryland, discussed important MSDE updates to special education recommendations for continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the presentation slides to receive guidance on how families can collaborate with school teams during the closure while protecting…

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