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Beware of COVID Compensatory Services Offered by Pennsylvania School Districts and Charter Schools

Extended school closures have thrown parents and schools into unknown areas, including how to determine which students have been impacted the most - and how to address these negative impacts. Pennsylvania has provided guidance by defining COVID Compensatory Services (CCS) but it is up to the schools to assess need with an IEP team and provide services that actually compensate for any lack of progress during the closures. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of this process, show you how to keep your child’s school accountable, and get your child back on track.

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Has COVID-19 Changed Your Child’s IEP Creation? It Likely Should.

Nearly everything has changed since COVID – how we work, how we learn, and even how (and what) we celebrate. One thing hasn’t changed, however - a school’s obligation to create and implement an IEP for all students in need of specialized instruction. Virtual learning has existed under different circumstances for years now; research-based practices exist and need to be considered by the IEP team and implemented by the school regardless of the model of programming currently being used. If COVID-19 hasn’t changed your child’s IEP, perhaps it should.

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COVID 19 is Changing the Way Related Services are Provided

COVID-19 has thrown parents and schools into uncertainty and new challenges, including how to provide related services to students with disabilities. Some schools are likely to use these challenges as a reason to discontinue all related services during school closures. Parents should not accept that decision. Creative solutions are available and need to be fully explored by schools. We look at the obligations schools have through this crisis and some creative solutions to providing related services.

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FMLA Leave: Attending Your Child’s IEP Meeting Could be Qualified

Parents of children with disabilities invest heavily in their kids — both in terms of time and resources. A recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor offers a glimpse of where the law is headed in terms of providing some relief to these working parents— those who know all too well the conflicting time demands between work and tending to their children’s special education needs.

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Curriculum Based Measurement and special education student IEPs

When Performing IEP Progress Monitoring: Part three in series

This is the third article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we help you determine how your special needs child is performing not only against state standards but in his current grade level within the curriculum. We discuss the limitations of curriculum based measurements and outline specific ways to check your child’s progress against IEP goals for written expression, reading fluency and math problem solving.

Make sure you’re receiving adequate IEP progress notes from your child’s teacher. It’s your right.

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Where To Find Information About Your Child’s Progress in the IEP: Part two in series

This is the second article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we explain how to find your child’s IEP goals and use them as a benchmark for academic progress. We know how important IEP organization for parents is, so we outline what to bring to your IEP meeting, how to perform a draft IEP versus new IEP comparison, and more.

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Is Your Child Making Progress On The IEP?: Part one in series

This is the first article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we explain IEP progress monitoring, identify the sections that contain information about your child’s progress, and provide questions parents should ask when progress reporting information isn’t clear.

Parent involvement in the IEP process has never been more important. Don’t miss out on this series.

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