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!

 

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

In a March 24, 2020, memorandum to Connecticut School Superintendents, Boards of Education, and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz issued guidance related to continuing educational opportunities and special education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This memorandum is a working document which may be updated frequently due to the changing response to the pandemic emergency and ongoing Federal guidance updates.

Please be sure to review this important memorandum.

You may review the memorandum here https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/March-24-2020-LEA-Memorandum-BSE-COVID-19.pdf?la=en.

A Spanish translation of this memorandum is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/BSE-Memorndum-COVID19-1-de-abril-de-2020.pdf?la=en.

 

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.

Initial Evaluation Timeline Memorandum

On January 24, 2020, the Bureau of Special Education released the following notification to the field.

Good Afternoon Special Education Leaders,

Please find an updated guidance memorandum related to Initial Evaluation Timeline: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Timeline-for-Initial-Evaluation-Memo.pdf?la=en

This guidance will replace the December 21, 2018 guidance document titled: Timelines for Initial Evaluations

Additionally, we have revised the model Special Education Procedures and Practices Manual to reflect the updated guidance (specifically page 30):  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Special-Education-Procedures-and-Practices-Manual.pdf

Please update your district manual accordingly.

 

Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports! (A Special October Workshop for Cohort C capacity building)

These PD opportunities will be geared specifically towards the needs of school-based teams regarding fidelity in assistive technology (AT) supports and will provide new information about best practice for these services.  We will also cover the latest trends in AT and how they can be implemented throughout classrooms as well as during important transitional stages.  This includes a wide variety of AT supports (iOS, Chromebook, etc.).  Spend the day with AT Specialists from NEAT and discuss your students’ needs.

Important Notes:

  • The content will be the same at each session. You can travel to any one of those 6.
  • Bring a team of people.

Dates and Locations:

  • October 3, 2019 in Hartford, CT
  • October 9, 2019 in Hebron, CT
  • October 10, 2019 in Vernon, CT
  • October 21, 2019 in Waterbury, CT
  • October 22, 2019 in Bridgeport, CT
  • October 31, 2019 in Meriden, CT

Pick one and register here:  https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/neat-events/