Most U.S. school districts have closed schools until the end of the 2019-2020 school year due to concerns surrounding the new coronavirus pandemic, while others are starting to reopen. Many families, educators, and school districts are experiencing substantial strain and stress at this time; however, this national emergency does not mean that education stops for children with individual education or 504 plans.
While some districts have instituted distance learning plans for students to continue their education from home, it is unclear how accessible or individualized these plans are for many students with IEPs or whether they provide your child with an appropriate education as required by federal laws.
Here we provide you with an overview of the impact of school closures on your child’s public education during the COVID-19 pandemic, what you can do to help your child receive a free and appropriate public education during remote school operation, and considerations after schools reopen.
Note: You must be familiar with the IEP or 504 process before reviewing this guide. Please take the time to review our step-by-step IEP guide, as well as our training webinars, if you do not understand the IEP process.
This content is informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice in any way. If you have questions about your child’s educational legal rights, contact an experienced attorney.