How KY-SPIN is handling the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kentucky-Special Parent Involvement Network (KY-SPIN) is dedicated to serving the needs of Kentuckians with disabilities, their parents/families and professionals throughout our great state.  Our staff are working remotely.  Now more than ever as we all navigate this uncharted territory with COVID-19 we are here for you.  All of our staff are persons with disabilities and/or parents/family members of those who have a disability.  Many persons with disabilities are at high risk to COVID-19. Our children and families safety is our top priority!

We have compiled resources and guidance below as it becomes available, from trusted sources such as the Kentucky Department of Education, and the US Department of Education among others.

We are working hard to schedule a variety of trainings/information sessions virtually through webinar/zoom/etc. that will be offered at various dates and times to meet the needs of our families. We will keep you posted through our website, eNews and social media.

Wishing you all peace and safety, you are not alone and we will get through this together!

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Disaster Distress Helpline Information: Call 1-800-985-5990 OR Text: TalkWithUs to 667476 OR URL: disasterdistress.samhsa.gov

Important Guidance/Information/Resources related Education of our children/Youth who have disabilities

OSEP

  • CDC - Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation (02/02/2021)
  • US Dept. ED COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1- Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools (02/01/2021)
  • OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part C Provision of Services (10/21/2020)
  • OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part B Provision of Services (09/28/2020)

Kentucky Department of Education

  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Preparing for Reopening in January 2021 (12/18/2020)
  • 2021 DPH KDE COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education 12-14-20 (12/14/2020)

KDE Guidance on reopening schools

By: KY Department of Education

  • KDE SB 128 FAQ Guidance for Schools and Districts (04/16/2021)
  • KDE Guidance for Schools and Districts - Senate Bill 128 Supplemental School Year Program 2.0 (04/16/2021)
  • KDE Admissions and Release Committee Guide to Free Appropriate Public Education and Compensatory Education (04/15/2021)
  • KDE COVID 19 Guidance 2.0 FINAL (Updated 3-31-21) (03/31/2021)
  • KDE Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) Interim Guidance as of March 31, 2021 (03/31/2021)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Schools and Districts HB 208 Changes to Non-Traditional Instruction (Updated 3-17-21) (03/17/2021)
  • COVID-19 Participation in Spring 2021 Kentucky State Testing (03/11/2021)
  • KDE 2020-2021 Assessment Guidance Document (03/11/2021)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Schools and Districts-HB 208 Changes to Non-Traditional Instruction (03/09/2021)
  • KDE COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund II (ESSER II) (02/19/2021)
  • KDE Decisions Regarding Promotion or Retention (02/08/2021)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Orientation And Targeted Services (Updated 12-1-20) (12/01/2020)
  • KDE Guidance: COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Q&A for Parents of Children with Disabilities (10/16/2020)
  • COVID -19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students (UPDATED - September 10, 2020) (09/17/2020)

OSEP & ASHA

Check out Great Resources This year the 2020 theme “Communication At Work”, has an additional focus. With the event of COVID-19, the campaign has been expanded to include “BHSM 2020: Preventing and Managing Communication Disorders during COVID-19.”

  • Early Intervention and COVID-19: Advice for Parents of Children 0-3 Whose Services Are Interrupted (05/15/2020)
  • Tips for Parents Maximizing Success of Speech and Language Virtual Sessions (ASHA) (05/15/2020)

Early Childhood

  • Remote Eligibility IDEA Part C Infographic by ECTA DaSy (03/01/2021)
  • Remote Eligibility IDEA Part C by ECTA DaSy (03/01/2021)

Information and Resources for Covid-19

Obtaining Transportation Services for COVID testing appointments

Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) & the Kentucky Transportation Department are partnering to assist individuals with disabilities obtain transportation services for COVID testing appointments.  Individuals with disabilities who need this service can contact the Aging and Disability Resource[...]

  • Youtube video (08/10/2020)

10 Strategies to Manage Your Wellness During a Crisis

By: FND & SEDNET

Maintain Routines: Continue established routines to find comfort and stability. Keep Moving: Physical activity is critical for emotional regulation. Create a Daily List: Make one that's achievable and realistic. Write it Down: Keep track of your emotions and responses; act[...]

  • 10 Strategies to Manage Your Wellness During a Crisis (05/08/2020)

KY Food Banks

  • Feeding Kentucky (04/25/2020)
  • God’s Pantry Food Bank (04/25/2020)

1915(c) HCBS Waivers

By: Cabinet for Health and Family Services

KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services: Division of Community Alternatives COVID-19 provides information for 1915(c) HCBS Waivers.   Due to confusion over the process during the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is[...]

  • Letter to Providers and Participants in 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waivers: Respite hours use during NTI (KY Dept. of Medicaid) (11/24/2020)
  • HCBS Waiver (04/24/2020)
  • HCBS Waiver (04/07/2020)
  • Division of Community Alternatives COVID-19 Information for 1915(c) HCBS Waivers (03/25/2020)
  • COVID-19 information from the Department for Public Health (03/25/2020)

KY: Governor Andy Beshear tweets

@GovAndyBeshear tweets: Yesterday we outlined our #HealthyatWork plan for reopening our economy safely. You can see the phased approach at https://t.co/IJtsveXFsn, including benchmarks and guidance for businesses seeking to reopen. #TeamKentucky #TogetherKy #Patriot pic.twitter.com/ERskhsBKvo — Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) April[...]

  • Healthy at Work (04/22/2020)