US Department of Education

OSEP

  • OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part B Provision of Services (09/28/2020)
  • IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards (06/30/2020)
  • IDEA Part C Procedural Safeguards (06/30/2020)
  • COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Parts B Dispute Resolution Procedures (06/22/2020)
  • COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Parts C Dispute Resolution Procedures (06/22/2020)
  • The CARES Act and IDEA On March 27, the President signed H.R. 748, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act into law. The CARES Act establishes the $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund, which includes the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. (03/27/2020)

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.”

  • COVID-19 and School Closures: Tips for Parents of Bilingual Children and English Language Learners Receiving Speech-Language Therapy Services (05/15/2020)
  • 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)
  • Helping Children with Language Disorders Maintain Social Connections (ASHA) (05/15/2020)
  • Build-Preschoolers Speech and Language Skills with Everyday Interactions and Activities (ASHA) (05/15/2020)
  • May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) (05/15/2020)

IDEAs that Work

  • Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets (05/08/2020)
  • Infographs: Participating in Virtual Meetings, English (05/08/2020)
  • Infographs: Participando en Reuniones Virtuales, Spanish (05/08/2020)
  • Infographs: Sample Virtual IEP Meeting Agenda (05/08/2020)
  • Infographs: Muestra de Agenda de Reunión Virtual de IEP (05/08/2020)

OSERS

  • RSA Frequently-Asked Questions About Fiscal Management of the VR Program in the Current COVID-19 Environment (04/28/2020)
  • Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA Press Release (04/27/2020)
  • Resource dashboard: Federal and state resources and guidance (04/02/2020)
  • Resource dashboard: Educator resources to support remote learning (04/02/2020)

U.S. Department of Education

  • Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities (03/21/2020)
  • Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (03/20/2020)
  • Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures, Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency (03/20/2020)
  • Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak (03/12/2020)
  • COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (03/04/2020)

U.S. Department of Education: The Office for Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released webinar(s) on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published resource(s) for education leaders[...]

  • Department of Education COVID (03/17/2020)
  • U.S. Department of Education Press Release (03/17/2020)
  • Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students (03/17/2020)
  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (03/17/2020)
  • OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility Webinar (Length: 00:07:08) (03/16/2020)
  • Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing potential discrimination associated with COVID-19 (03/04/2020)

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

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)
  • Kentucky superintendents share school reopening advice, get revised metric for holding in-person classes Press Release (09/30/2020)
  • KDE &KPH COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education (UPDATED - September 29, 2020) (09/29/2020)
  • KDE &KPH COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education (09/14/2020)
  • 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 Guidance and Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) Safety Expectations_FINAL DOC 8-31-20 (08/31/2020)
  • Public health commissioner explains issues with COVID-19 reporting to Kentucky superintendents (08/17/2020)
  • Participation Tracking in Infinite Campus (08/17/2020)
  • KDE releases COVID-19 guidance on tracking participation and small groups for in-person targeted services and orientation Press Release (08/17/2020)
  • Welcoming Students for Orientation and Targeted Services (08/17/2020)
  • KDE, health officials answer local school board member questions about COVID-19, delaying in-person instruction until Sept. 28 (08/13/2020)
  • KDE, superintendents discuss delay of in-person school to Sept. 28 due to COVID-19 (08/12/2020)
  • KDE Press Release; Gov. Beshear asks Kentucky superintendents to delay in-person classes until Sept. 28 (08/10/2020)
  • KDE’s COVID-19 FAQ Spreadsheet via Google Sheets (07/23/2020)
  • Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) (07/20/2020)
  • KDE Participation Guidance: Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction (07/20/2020)
  • KDE 7-20-20 COVID Guidance Compensatory Education and Extended School Year Services (07/20/2020)
  • KDE releases guidance on gauging COVID-19 learning gaps (07/13/2020)
  • KDE Academic Re-entry, Stage Two Meeting Learners’ Academic Needs (07/13/2020)
  • What is Trauma (07/01/2020)
  • DE releases toolkit to assist schools in helping students cope with trauma (07/01/2020)
  • Understanding Trauma and Traumatic Stress (07/01/2020)
  • Trauma-Informed Teams (07/01/2020)
  • Memorandum submitted by Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown: Unlimited NTI days, 2021-2022 funding: Memorandum provides flexibility for Kentucky’s school district (06/24/2020)
  • Kentucky issues COVID-19 guidance for upcoming school year (06/24/2020)
  • Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for KY Schools Interm Guidance as of June 2020 (06/24/2020)
  • KDE releases new COVID-19 guidance on in-school food service for 2020-2021 school year (06/22/2020)
  • COVID-19 guidance on in-school food service for 2020-2021 school year (06/22/2020)
  • Healthy at School guidance set to be released June 24, Kentucky superintendents provide feedback (06/22/2020)
  • Family Input Survey: The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open through June 24. If you are an adult family member or caregiver who was responsible for a child or children during the period of distance learning during the 2020-2019 school year, KDE invites you to complete the survey found at this link (06/15/2020)
  • KDE seeking family input on what supports they need due to COVID-19 crisis (06/15/2020)
  • Framework Document of Best Practices for School Counselors (06/08/2020)
  • KDE releases Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors (06/08/2020)
  • KDE issues guidance on how to facilitate conversations about race-based stress and trauma Press Release (06/03/2020)
  • KDE Guidance on How Districts Can Facilitate Conversations About Race-based Stress and Trauma (06/03/2020)
  • Department for Public Health offers COVID-19 guidance to Kentucky’s superintendents (05/27/2020)
  • Local Superintendents Advisory Members discuss security risk assessment tool (05/27/2020)
  • Gov. Beshear introduces contact tracing to Kentucky’s superintendents (05/21/2020)
  • KDE releases guidance on how districts can use federal ESSER funds (05/19/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Guidance for LEAs (05/18/2020)
  • KDE kicks off learning initiative to limit the summer slide (05/12/2020)
  • Press Release Guidance Document: COVID-19 Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund Guidance for LEAs (05/11/2020)
  • KDE asks districts to be flexible when planning for start of 2020-2021 school year (05/05/2020)
  • CARES Act funding, student re-entry for next school year discussed by task force (05/04/2020)
  • Revisions to Kentucky’s ESSA plan available for public comment (05/04/2020)
  • KDE urges districts to consult with local health officials when planning graduation alternatives (04/28/2020)
  • KDE encourages ‘good faith effort’ in working with exceptional children during NTI Press Release (04/27/2020)
  • Latest Counselor Connection Dr. Damien Sweeney (04/22/2020)
  • New #COVID19 webpage (04/07/2020)
  • Considerations for Instruction (04/07/2020)
  • Considerations for Professional Learning (04/07/2020)
  • Considerations for Mental Health and Wellness (04/07/2020)
  • Considerations for Assigning and Reporting Grades (04/07/2020)
  • Considerations for the Senior Class of 2020 (04/07/2020)
  • Kentucky Students Eligible for New Emergency Food Benefits. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. (03/21/2020)
  • COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel. (03/18/2020)
  • Additional Information (03/11/2020)
  • ED Non-Regulatory Guidance issued in 2018 (03/11/2020)
  • 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)
  • Districts will have flexibility in spending federal COVID-19 emergency relief funds
  • Reference in the letter to parents of students with IEPs: OSEP Letter to Pergament, December 2013

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 - Library Media Center (UPDATED - September 16, 2020) (09/28/2020)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Reopening of ATCs (UPDATED - September 28, 2020) (09/28/2020)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Pupil Transportation (UPDATED - September 23, 2020) (09/23/2020)
  • COVID -19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students (UPDATED - September 17, 2020) (09/17/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Truancy and Compulsory Education Final 9-8-20 (09/08/2020)
  • Press Release: KDE issues COVID-19 guidance on school ventilation, truancy, pupil transportation revised (09/08/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools School Ventilation and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Ventilation Final 9-8-20 (09/08/2020)
  • KDE Reopening Transportation FINAL Considerations for Reopening Schools Pupil Transportation 9-4-20 (09/08/2020)
  • Updated 9-2-20 COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Welcoming Students for Orientation and Targeted Services Orientation And Targeted Services FINAL (09/02/2020)
  • Press Release: Kentucky superintendents hear about new, updated COVID-19 guidance documents (09/02/2020)
  • Press Release: KDE releases COVID-19 reopening guidance on English learner programs (08/31/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools English Learner Guidance at Reopening FINAL 8-31-20 (08/31/2020)
  • Press Release: KDE releases COVID-19 guidance on class size, libraries (08/10/2020)
  • KDE: COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Class Sizes in Virtual Programs and Courses (08/10/2020)
  • Kentucky’s Healthy at School COVID-19 guidance on reopening updated (08/03/2020)
  • The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) have released updates to the state’s flagship Healthy at School guidance (08/03/2020)
  • KDE releases COVID-19 reopening guidance on assigning staff in instructional settings (07/28/2020)
  • Kentucky schools for blind, deaf opening online for first six weeks due to COVID-19 (07/28/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Flexibility for Assigning Staff in the COVID-19 Instructional Setting (07/24/2020)
  • KDE virtual town hall answers Kentucky teachers’ questions about reopening (07/23/2020)
  • KDE Reopening Considerations for Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students (07/20/2020)
  • KDE releases new COVID-19 reopening guidance documents on exceptional learners, compensatory education, daily participation for NTI (07/20/2020)
  • KDE releases reopening guidance on school workplace health and safety (07/06/2020)
  • KDE Reopening Considerations Workplace Health and Safety (07/06/2020)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Facilities and Logistics (06/29/2020)
  • KDE releases new reopening guidance for school facilities, CTE centers (06/29/2020)
  • COVID-19 Plan for Reopening Secondary Career and Technical (CTE) Facilities for Completion of Industry Certifications and Lab-Based Dual Credit Coursework (06/29/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Pupil Transportation (06/25/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools- Intermittent School Closures (06/15/2020)
  • KDE releases guidance on intermittent school closures due to COVID-19 for 2020-21 year (06/15/2020)
  • KDE’s Commissioner’s Parent Advisory Committee provides insight on reopening schools Press Release (06/12/2020)
  • 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)
  • KDE releases guidance on academic readiness, adjusting curriculum for when school reopens (06/01/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Academic Re-entry, Stage One: Drafting an Adjusted Curriculum (06/01/2020)
  • KDE COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Evaluating Students’ Academic Readiness (06/01/2020)
  • KDE releases guidance on social emotional health for when schools reopen (05/26/2020)
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Supporting Student and Staff Wellness” – addresses planning considerations for the social and emotional well-being of students and staff during the transition when schools reopen. (05/26/2020)
  • KDE’s Education Continuation Task Force looks at re-opening guidance document (05/18/2020)
  • Press release with initial guidance on how to re-start schools for 2020-21 year amid COVID-19 pandemic (05/15/2020)
  • Guidance Document COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools (KDE) (05/15/2020)
  • KDE will guide districts through scenarios as they plan for start of next school year (05/12/2020)

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

School Opening Guidance Gov. Beshear and administration officials, in consultation with Kentucky teachers and school administrators, on Monday announced new guidance for schools that are planning for the fall semester. “Our recommendation today is that schools wait to begin in-person[...]

  • School Opening Guidance (08/10/2020)

Kentucky Teacher

  • Student transportation guidance for 2020-2021 school year (06/25/2020)
  • Unlimited NTI days, 2021-2022 funding: Memorandum provides flexibility for Kentucky’s school districts (06/24/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s June 5 letter to families I am writing today because you are critical partners to our educational system. Your voice matters and everything we do in education is a direct response to the teaching and learning that we know is extraordinarily important to the growth of your children. (06/05/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s May 29 letter to families All of our schools have now officially finished instruction for the 2019-20 year and what a finish to the year it was. I know I have said this before, but I want to thank you again for everything you did to help your children – our children – complete the school year during this unconventional time. (05/29/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s May 22 letter to families To honor the perseverance of our seniors, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has produced “Kentucky’s Tribute to the Class of 2020,” a one-hour program that will be streamed on the department’s special YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET this Saturday, May 23. (05/23/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s May 15 letter to families (05/15/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s May 8 letter to families (05/08/2020)
  • KDE will prioritize students’ academic, mental health needs when schools reopen (05/06/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s May 1 letter to families (05/01/2020)
  • Kentucky high school graduation options discussed by KDE’s Education Continuation Task Force (04/21/2020)
  • Letter to Families (04/17/2020)
  • Letter to Families (04/10/2020)
  • Announcement: KDE has launched a new webpage designed to provide #COVID19 education-related updates and information. (04/07/2020)
  • releases guidance documents for districts dealing with COVID-19 closures (04/07/2020)
  • KDE helps schools through challenges of providing special education during NTI (04/01/2020)
  • Kentucky’s Education Continuation Task Force discusses graduation options for seniors (03/31/2020)
  • Kentucky commissioner lauds superintendents’ efforts amid COVID-19 crisis (03/26/2020)
  • Kentucky students share how COVID-19 closures impact their lives (03/25/2020)
  • KDE cancels K-PREP testing for 2019-2020 school year (03/24/2020)
  • to apply for testing waiver from U.S. Department of Education (03/20/2020)
  • Gov. Beshear recommends school closure period be extended until April 20 (03/20/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s letter to families (03/20/2020)
  • KBE grants waiver allowing all 172 districts to utilize Non-Traditional Instruction amid COVID-19 crisis (03/18/2020)
  • Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 13 letter to families (03/13/2020)
  • COVID-19: Answers to FAQs for Kentucky’s Schools and Districts (03/13/2020)

Tweets

🗒️ Families: In my mind, I knew it wasn’t possible to reopen school buildings this spring. But Monday’s announcement did not end the school year. School continues every day in homes, thanks to your efforts. More in my 4/23 letter:[...]

  • Full Recap/Story from the Govenors School closure period recommendation (04/02/2020)
  • Searchable database of #transition related curriculum! (04/01/2020)
  • initial Q&As to address title I of WIOA (03/28/2020)
  • Educate, Feed and Support (03/27/2020)

KY Dept of Education (KDE): Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL)

  • Office of Special Education and Early Learning Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 (04/21/2020)
  • KDE’s OSEEL Letter to Parents of Students with IEPs During COVID-19 (03/17/2020)
  • Resources and Tools for Remotely Teaching Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (03/11/2020)

Feeding Sites Open During Covid-19 School Closures

  • Feeding Sites Open During Covid-19 School Closures (03/04/2020)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (Center on PBIS)

  • Returning to School During and After Crisis: A Guide to Supporting States, Districts, Schools, Educators, and Students through a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Framework during the 2020-2021 School Year (07/01/2020)
  • Returning to School During and After Crisis: Abbreviated State Version (07/01/2020)
  • Returning to School During and After Crisis: Abbreviated District Version (07/01/2020)
  • Returning to School During and After Crisis: Abbreviated School Version (07/01/2020)
  • Supporting Families with Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS) at Home (05/08/2020)

KY Out of School Alliance

New units will be added often

  • Summer Activity Guide (06/05/2020)

National Center for Learning Disabilites (NCLD)

  • A Parents Guide to Virtual Learning 4 Actions To Improve Your Child’s Experience with Online Learning (05/08/2020)
  • An Educators Guide to Virtual Learning 4 Actions to Support Students with Disabilities and Their Families (05/08/2020)

KY Center for School Safety

“COVID-19 Safety Pledge” that students, parents, and community members can take. Take the Pledge COVID-19 Safety Pledge Handout.

  • Take the Pledge (05/08/2020)
  • Pledge Handout (05/08/2020)

IRIS Center

This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Parents-Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: (05/01/2020)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

  • Statement on Report Recommending Waivers Under Key Education Laws (04/28/2020)

Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC)

  • Supporting Students with Autism During COVID-19 (04/24/2020)
  • Video: UofL colleagues at the Early Learning Campus created some great videos for caregivers of young children (preschool and younger) (04/24/2020)

KY P&A

  • Non-Traditional Instruction for Students with Disabilities Tips for Parents (04/24/2020)

PACER’s Simon Technology Center

  • Health and Wellness Apps for Transition-Age Youth List (04/18/2020)

Federal Student Aid

  • CARES Act impacts federal student loan repayment, defaulted loans, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) (04/01/2020)

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

  • FEDERAL COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE Funds for K-12 and postsecondary education (03/31/2020)

Kentucky Special Education Cooperatives

  • Online Professional Development Opportunities March 2020. Topics include: Assistive Technology, Autism, Behavior, Due Process, Literacy, Math, Mental Health, Paraprofessionals, and Trauma. (03/31/2020)

KET

  • KET launches new broadcast schedule and free learn-at-home resources for students (03/26/2020)

National Center to Improve Literacy

  • Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development (03/17/2020)
  • Kid Zone (03/17/2020)

Scholastic’s Learn at Home

  • Scholastic's Learn At Home (03/17/2020)

The National Center for Pyramid Model (NCPMI)

  • Connecting with Families (03/15/2020)

FND

  • Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities (03/15/2020)
  • On Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (03/15/2020)