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Special Education Guidance in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

New York State schools must consider the needs of all students and strive to ensure that any plans for continuity of learning are equitable and available to all students.  NYSED's Office of Special Education has released guidance, including on the provision of services to students with disabilities, including English Language Learners with disabilities.

Guidance from the New York State Education Department

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education & the Federal Government

Special Education Programs

Provision of education for students with disabilities is an important consideration when engaging in continuity of learning planning. Districts should plan how they will continue to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and should be informed by the most recent USDOE Guidance: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus disease Outbreak – March 2020) in this regard. The Department will be as flexible as state and federal laws allow and will continue to investigate and inquire about additional flexibility for provision of services for students with disabilities during the outbreak.

Additional Resources

Featured Partner: INCLUDEnyc

INCLUDEnyc: Resources for young people with disabilities

INCLUDEnyc is a leading provider of training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them. Additional resources are available at INCLUDEnyc COVID-19 resources.