Maryland School Closures During COVID-19

The Superintendent of Maryland schools has just announced that schools will remain closed at least until April 24. She said that the Maryland State Department of Education would ensure that all students, and specifically students with disabilities, would be served. I expect that over the next week, distance education in Maryland will ramp up. Individual school systems are supposed to have plans on their websites “very soon,” and the Superintendent said today that we will have to be “very creative in serving students with disabilities.”

 

I am hearing two very clear concerns from my clients at this time-- whether children will receive appropriate, accessible remote instruction and school work given their specific needs, and whether the IEP process will continue via phone or video conference. I do believe that both of these things are possible and that they are required by law. 

 

Here’s how I will approach these concerns:

 

First, with compassion and patience for both educators and parents who are all doing the best they can in this unprecedented time.

 

Second, by insisting that schools follow guidance from both the Maryland State Department of Education, and from The U.S. Department of Education.  

 

As always, each individual child's needs are different. Please reach out if special planning is needed for your child. 

 

THIS BLOG SHOULD BE USED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH ANY READER AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. If you need advice from a special education attorney, please schedule a calL.

 

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