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COVID-19 update: What can Parents Expect?

NEBRASKA EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOLS

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

 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

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

This resource provides the outline of expectations OPS has for Special Education Services during school building closures due to COVID-19

Harvard School of Education Resources during COVID

OPS Special Education and FAQ during District Closure 3-30-2020

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

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."

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Nebraska has issued a series of documents specific to COVID-19 and its impact on schools.

Office for Civil Rights Video

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

A short video on providing equal access when providing educational services online

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

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

Related Information

Related Information

Related Information

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

UPDATED: FAPE for Students with Disabilities during School Closure. See our Resources Page for mor

"[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. " 

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"Continuity of learning is the continuation of education during a prolonged school closure"

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Individual Advocacy & Representation

Individual Advocacy & Representation

Individual Advocacy & Representation

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We provide advocacy, mediation and legal representation in limited engagements for low-income public school families needing help with special education, due process, and student discipline.


Research & Support

Individual Advocacy & Representation

Individual Advocacy & Representation

research and advocacy


We obtain data, and inform the public, elected officials, and other community organizations about the access-to-justice in Nebraska and its impact on Nebraska students.

Education

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Community Collaboration

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We provide interactive programming to teach special education and student discipline rights, and we make community education available to collaborators so that they can effectively advocate for children and families.

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

community collaboration

We work with educational entities and existing social services to support their advocacy on behalf of families and connect them to appropriate supports.

Consulting Services

Community Collaboration

Consulting Services

consulting services

We offer consulting services to public and private entities involved in special education and student discipline procedures.

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