COVID-19 Resources for Families and Educators

On Monday, August 17th, the Connecticut State Department of Education released a consolidated list of resources that have been shared with stakeholders over the past several months. A portion of that list may be found below specifically related to COVID-19 Family and Educator Resources as well as Connecticut’s Plan for reopening schools; including subsequent addendums to that plan. 

COVID-19 Resource Main Page for Families and Educators: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators

Links to the Reopen Guidance Document and Addendums:

Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together

Addendum 1 Temporarily Opting into Voluntary Remote Learning Due to COVID-19

Addendum 2 COVID Guidance and Considerations for Preschool Located in Public Schools

Addendum 3 Fall Reopening Resource Document for Students with High Needs

Addendum 4 Interim Guidance for Decision-Making Regarding the Use of In-Person, Hybrid (Blended), or Remote Learning Models in Connecticut Schools during COVID-19

Addendum 5 Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts

Addendum 6-Reopen Guidance for Educating Students with Disabilities

Addendum 7 COVID-19 Reopening Considerations for Connecticut K–12 Music Programs

Reopening Guidance for Educating Students with Disabilities

On August 12, 2020, The CSDE, Bureau of Special Education issued new guidance to the field related to educating students with disabilities. This guidance is issued as Addendum 6 to The Connecticut State Department of Education’s school reopening publication Adapt – Advance – Achieve – Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together.

Please see this important guidance related to students with disabilities at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2020-21/Addendum6-Reopen-Guidance-for-Educating-Students-with-Disabilities.pdf

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 .

 

Early Childhood IDEA Part B and C CT Leadership Academy Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce the application for the first cohort of a leadership development opportunity is now available.  We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort.  This application will be open until July 1, 2020.  The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training.  A stipend will be awarded to those who participate throughout the full year of technical assistance.

Please see the application for this exciting opportunity here

CT Leadership Academy Application

The following link will guide you to learning modules created by Eastern CT State University about transition from Part C to Part B. Once on that page, the user will receive the instructions for how to create an account and is provided with the invitation link that allows them to enroll in this particular module. https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-modules/transition-from-birth-to-three.html

 

Early Childhood Guidance and Resources

 

  • On June 10, 2020, joint guidance from the CSDE and OEC was sent to school superintendents regarding transitioning to kindergarten. That important guidance may be viewed at: OEC-CSDE Joint Memo – Transitioning to Kindergarten
  • The following link will take you to a resource document that was produced by ECTA and the DaSy center.  The document provides information about norm-referenced assessment tools that have potential for remote administration with young children.  The document includes information about areas to be assessed as well as live link to  publishers of the instruments:  https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/events/Assessment_Tool_Table.pdf
  • The link below will take you to a webinar that was recorded in May.  The topic is itinerant early childhood special education services:  the provision of specialized instruction in community-based programs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8petv-FPo&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions about any of these resources feel free to contact Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov.

 

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!

English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, is hosting an English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020.

For more information about WestEd and registration for this event, please visit https://www.wested.org/wested_event/elswd-virtual-summit-2020/.

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!

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!