Note: Cathy has today off. We're grateful to our friends at TACA for this blog entry below.
My 19 year old's school is closed until further notice, which I assume will mean weeks. They prepared a binder of work and support for her, in a matter of hours, and I appreciate their effort. My 23 and 25 year olds' day program has closed to individuals until April 3rd as of now. The staff is still working, so they will be paid, a relief for all of us. Without pay, many would have quit I'm sure, and finding staff is difficult. My Gianna never fails to make me laugh - she has been listening to a song called " ways to die" for several days. She laughs when she sings the line "use your private parts as piranha bait." Laugh or cry! Stay well, everyone.
At TACA, we understand that many parents are overwhelmed with questions and stress during this time of uncertainty. This article will give you some resources that may answer your questions and set your mind at ease.
Do you have questions about public special education services and its legal obligations during school closures for COVID-19? Here are some resources for you:
- Statement from the Department of Education on COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities
- Understood’s Legal FAQs on Coronavirus, School Closings, and Special Education
- IDEA lays out what every state must do for students with disabilities; however, it leaves room for interpretation and additional laws within each state. Because of this, you should always confirm your state’s particular special education laws and mandates. Here is a website that can help you find information and support specific to your state.
If possible, before your school closes, ask your child’s teacher/IEP team:
- If you can get copies of curriculum and assignments to work on at home.
- Will there be compensatory services for closure?
- Where to find updates about when schools will be open again?