UPDATED GUIDANCE REGARDING IDEA ELIGIBILITY EXTENDED UNTIL AGE 22

On July 24, 2020, the Bureau of Special Education issued a memorandum to School Superintendents and Directors of Special Education regarding the newest guidance related to IDEA eligibility being extended until age 22. This memorandum was an update to the June 19, 2020, memorandum, IDEA Eligibility Extended Until Age 22.

Please see this important update at:

Updated Guidance Regarding IDEA Eligibility Extended Until Age 22 (July 24, 2020)

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 Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a June 5, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded a new guidance document regarding students exiting special education services during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to school Superintendents and Directors of Special Education.

Please review this important document at:

Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/6052020-Guidance-on-Student-Exiters-during-COVID-19.pdf

As always, we deeply appreciate all that you do to support our students during this unprecedented time!

NEW – Guidance Documents Related to Summer School 2020, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

On June 1, 2020, two new guidance documents were released to the field related to Summer School 2020.

Please review these important documents at:

Rules for operating Summer School during COVID19(https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/Summer-School-2020-Final.pdf?la=en)

Preparing for a Safe Return to Classroom Learning – Summer School Opening Plan (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/Summer-School-Rules-Summary.pdf?la=en)

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

Guidance Documents Regarding Extended School Year (ESY) services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B

In a May 20, 2020, email communication to the field, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded three guidance documents regarding Extended School Year (ESY) Services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review these important documents at:

Guidance for Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)]

Guidance for Early Childhood Child Find during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)

Transition from Part C to Part B During the COVID-19 Health Emergency (May 8, 2020)

 

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

Secondary Transition Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Bureau of Special Education is excited to share with you some Professional Support Series webinars and resources, which can be found on the CSDE Professional Support Series for Families webpage and CSDE Professional Support Series for Districts webpage (in the Guidance on Special Education section).

During statewide school classroom closures, school districts are required to provide special education and related services, which includes transition services, identified in a student’s IEP developed pursuant to the IDEA, to the greatest extent possible. For transition-age students, this means offering transition services to assist the student in reaching their postsecondary goals, which are based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to postsecondary education or training AND employment, and, if appropriate, independent living skills. This webinar will provide an overview of the resource list, which includes activities and resources related to providing continued educational opportunities and the provision of transition services during this unprecedented time.

Presenter: Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE

Watch the video 

Resources:

UPDATED to consider virtual learning environments! Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the RESC Alliance, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI). Designed to assist participants in receiving the most up-to-date information regarding state and federal guidelines, strengthening collaboration and feeling more confident leading PPT meetings both virtually and in-person.

For more details and registration information, please visit CT PPTLI 2020-21 Information

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 .

 

Continued Educational Opportunities and Approved Private Special Education Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 31, 2020, the Connecticut State Department of Education, Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued a memorandum to Connecticut Superintendents of Schools, Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, and Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs regarding continued educational opportunities and approved private special education programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review this important memorandum at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/March-31-2020-BSE-Memorandum-APSEPs-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!