Supporting Parents/Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide & Webinar Series

Supporting Parents/Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide & Webinar Series

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).

Overview and Getting Started Section

The CT State Department of Education, the RESC Alliance, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and the CT Association of Private Special Education Facilities (CAPSEF) are collaborating to provide guidance, tools, and resources for parents and caregivers of students with high needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this recorded session, we will provide families and educators with overview of a new resource designed for parents/caregivers to support your efforts to engage your child/young adult in continued educational opportunities in the home environment.

Presenters: Colleen Hayles, Education Consultant, CSDE; Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE; Deborah Richards, Director of Student Services, CREC; Nicole Natale, Senior Education Specialist, CREC

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 Future Webinar Series Sections include:

  • Art
  • Life-Skills and Self-Help Skills;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Literacy;
  • Math;
  • Science, Social Studies, and Current Events;
  • Physical Activity and Mobility;
  • Sensory Activities; and
  • Play and Leisure.

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

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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

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 .

 

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.

 

REMINDER: 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).

For more details about the PPTLI and registration information, please visit PPTLI Information and Request for Applications 2020-2021