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


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/

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for the Early Childhood Symposium taking place on September 26, 2019

Registration is open for a professional learning opportunity to support teachers and leaders engaged in the work of designing early learning environments that buffer stress, reduce challenging behaviors, and promote children’s healthy development ages 3-8. Review the UPDATED informational flyer (Early Childhood Symposium September 26, 2019 UPDATED flyer) for more details and registration information.


The Bureau of Special Education’s 16th Annual Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The Bureau of Special Education is hosting the 16th Annual Back to School Meeting from 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Join our newly-appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, the Division Director for the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz, along with BSE consultants and our partners for a day filled with information related to our theme of Supporting Special Education Leadership: Enhancing Student Outcomes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see Back to School 2019 Registration Information for details regarding the general session presentations, afternoon break-out sessions, and registration.

Updates to the Restraint & Seclusion Data Collection System

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is updating the Restraint & Seclusion (R/S) Data Collection system for the 2019-20 school year. You may review the July 12, 2019, memorandum related to this important information at Memorandum-Updates to Restraint and Seclusion July 12, 2019.