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

OSEP

  • OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part B Provision of Services (09/28/2020)

Kentucky Department of Education

  • Public comment sought on proposed alternate assessment waiver Press Release (10/21/2020)
  • KPH: P-EBT Funding A second round of student meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is coming, Tatman said. Eligibility is based on participation in the National School Lunch Program, school start dates and instruction methods. Some students may not get their new P-EBT cards until November. All questions about P-EBT should be directed to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services at (855) 306-8959. (09/30/2020)
  • KDE &KPH COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education (UPDATED - September 29, 2020) (09/29/2020)
  • To see the current map at anytime to use with Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education for your school district (09/14/2020)
  • KDE releases guidance on gauging COVID-19 learning gaps (07/13/2020)
  • Non-Regulatory Guidance Regarding the Implementation of the Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) for Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) During Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (03/11/2020)
  • COVID-19 Resources for Special Education and Early Learning (03/11/2020)

Guidance on reopening schools

By: KY Department of Education

  • 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 17, 2020) (09/17/2020)
  • KDE releases new COVID-19 reopening guidance documents on exceptional learners, compensatory education, daily participation for NTI (07/20/2020)
  • KDE guidance on alternative learning strategies for reopening schools (06/08/2020)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Alternative Learning Design Strategies (06/08/2020)

KY Out of School Alliance

New units will be added often

  • Summer Activity Guide (06/05/2020)

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)

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[...]

  • 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)