October 14, 2020

IEPs altered to reflect distance learning service changes, but at cost to schools

When schools closed to in-person learning in the spring, some individualized supports for students with disabilities were easily transitioned to remote or virtual learning. But other services were harder to adapt to new learning formats due to the specific interventions that require physical or behavioral supports and other intensive services.

To help all students with disabilities, schools are looking at the most important document in special education and a requirement under the federal IDEA — a student’s individualized education program (IEP). These documents are being scrutinized and, in many cases, altered or expanded in order to reflect pandemic realities of how best to replicate in-person services to full or hybrid virtual learning approaches.

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