Are you concerned about how your child will receive their IEP services or 504 plan accommodations in the fall?
It is paramount to note that districts must continue to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to our children even during the pandemic. This means school must provide special education and related services even if they may look different.
MA DESE provided guidance to school districts stating that parent engagement is critical when determining if and how special education services will be provided because of the changes to the overall learning environment during 2020-2021 school year.
Teachers or IEP case managers should contact parents as soon as possible to discuss how your child’s services will be delivered, if different, than described in the IEP.
Using the input from your discussion with the school, the school must provide you with written notification containing specific information about how IEP services will be provided for the 2020-2021 school year.
If you haven’t heard from a member of your IEP team, be proactive and reach out to them to talk about your concerns regarding delivery of services or other concerns you may have before school begins.
Are you concerned that your child’s IEP or 504 Plan won’t be implemented this school year? Do you think your child needs special education services but don’t know how to start the process? Please contact me with questions or concerns about how special education and related services will be delivered at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.