Special Education Guidance for Parents Related to School Reopening

The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and the CT State Department of Education (CSDE) have compiled this three page document, Special Education Guidance for Parents Related to School Reopening, which describes the special education information found in Addendum 6: Reopening Guidance for Educating Students with Disabilities from the CSDE.  This document is intended to assist families of students with disabilities in understanding how special education instruction and related services may be delivered within the context of the three learning models in which students may be participating during the 2020-21 school year.  (Spanish translation coming soon.) 

Updated Guidance for Children Turning Three During COVID-19

The Connecticut Department of Education’s Performance Office together with the Bureau of Special Education issued a July 9, 2020, update to the field related to children turning three years old.

To review this important guidance, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Covid/Guidance-for-Children-Turning-Three-During-the-COVID-19-Health-Emergency.pdf .

 

NEW – Guidance Documents Regarding IEP Progress Reporting and CTECS Revised Admissions Process, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In a May 29, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded two guidance documents regarding IEP Progress Reporting and the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process, to the field.

Please review these important documents at:

Guidance for IEP Progress Reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 29, 2020), and

BSE and CTECS Memorandum: CT Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process (May 29, 2020)

THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!

WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

FREE audio library for kids during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut-based CRIS Radio is offering free, temporary log-in credentials to educators, parents, and students to access their CRISKids Audio Library during the COVID-19 crisis. The CRISKids Audio Library is quite extensive, with more than 1,000 recordings, nearly all requested by teachers in Connecticut.  Access to the recordings will be free and available on any Wi-Fi connected device or smartphone, as well as through the CRIS Radio mobile app.  Those interested should contact Laura Boogaert at lboogaert@crisradio.org to receive their free login credentials and instructions on how to access the service.

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update #1

On Friday, April 24, 2020, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, issued a memorandum to Connecticut Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services. This important document was update #1 to the March 24, 2020, memorandum titled, Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update #1 at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/2020424-Special-Education-Guidance.pdf?la=en .

Due Process Activities under IDEA during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In an April 6, 2020, memorandum to Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Connecticut State Department of Education’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued guidance related to Due Process Activities under IDEA during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To review this important memorandum, please see https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/April-6-2020-Due-Process-Activities-under-IDEA-COVID-19.pdf .

 

Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education now has a dedicated webpage, Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19. This page will provide information for special education leaders, school personnel, and families about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and special education. It will be updated as additional guidance and resources become available. Please visit http://portal.ct.gov/SDE-SpecialEdCoronavirus to check out this new resource!

 

REGISTRATION OPEN for CSDE March 11, 2020 Leadership Forum – Engaging in Productive Partnerships at the Planning and Placement Team Meeting

THIS SESSION WAS RESCHEDULED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2019, WHEN IT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

New registrations are being accepted. Those who had already registered for the December 11th forum do not need to re-register in order to attend the rescheduled forum on March 11th.

Target Audience: PreK-Grade 12 Special Education and General Education Administrators

Registration Link: https://ctserc.net/march20leaders

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

This morning training concentrates on providing the specific tools and techniques for IEP meeting participants to improve positive communication, reduce conflict, and focus the meeting on the needs of the student among all team members.

Participants learn to:
• Guide the school and family partnerships in developing appropriate IEP’s for students
• Channel communication to building mutual understanding based on respect
• Develop PPT outcomes based on full participation by all participants
• Generate informed discussions
• Prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict

These instructional outcomes are all delivered in a hands-on, practical application workshop that promotes rapid assimilation and long-term retention of concepts. This workshop prepares participants to successfully conduct effective IEP meetings. The Key2Ed Facilitated training by Doug Little will provide the tools and techniques to participants in how to manage/prevent conflict while ensuring the meeting content and process focuses first and foremost on the needs of the student.

Directors are encouraged to bring general education administrator to this training with them.

During the afternoon session, participants will engage in facilitated conversation with panels of Directors, Parents, Parent Advocates, and General Ed. Administrators around developing effective strategies to build effective school and family partnerships before, during and after the PPT process.

For content questions, please contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 or proffitt@ctserc.org.
For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or adorno@ctserc.org.