By Kristin Peterson and Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP
The United States Department of Education has
confirmedthat students with disabilities remain entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) during the COVID-19 national emergency. The New York State Education Department has similarly confirmed that students with disabilities are entitled to FAPE and has issued update
guidance. NYSED has confirmed that students with disabilities must receive continuity of learning and, to the greatest extent possible, the special education and related services 2 identified in the student's individualized education program (IEP).
Yet, in this age of remote instruction, it is more important than ever to be a strong advocate for your child. Ensuring appropriate progress for vulnerable students is more difficult than ever. Parents must step in and work worth your school district to ensure your child is receiving appropriate services, in this remote setting and to plan for next year.
Reminder Tips on Preparing For Remote Meetings and Hearings
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