Nebraska schools must provide continuity of learning in an alternate learning environment through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and provide equity for children with special needs
This resource provides the outline of expectations OPS has for Special Education Services during school building closures due to COVID-19
This link takes you to "an ongoing series about how schools and families can respond to change and disruption, build resilience, and help young people learn and thrive at home."
Nebraska has issued a series of documents specific to COVID-19 and its impact on schools.
A short video on providing equal access when providing educational services online
For Specific advice issued by the US Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights on access to education for disabled students during COVID-19
The United States Department of Education (US DOE) has also made available a series of documents related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on education
"[States, school districts] and schools must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP developed under IDEA, or a plan developed under Section 504. (34 CFR §§ 300.101 and 300.201 (IDEA), and 34 CFR § 104.33 (Section 504))."
"As school districts nationwide take necessary steps to protect the health and safety of their students, many are moving to virtual or online education (distance instruction). Some educators, however, have been reluctant to provide any distance instruction because they believe that federal disability law presents insurmountable barriers to remote education. This is simply not true. We remind schools they should not opt to close or decline to provide distance instruction, at the expense of students, to address matters pertaining to services for students with disabilities."
"School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students. In this unique and ever-changing environment, OCR and OSERS recognize that these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided, and the Department will offer flexibility where possible. However, school districts must remember that the provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services provided through distance instruction provided virtually, online, or telephonically. "
"Continuity of learning is the continuation of education during a prolonged school closure"
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