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Legal Issues in Understanding and Deciding on COVID Compensatory Services Under IDEA and Section 504
Live Webinar

With the school year likely starting with virtual instruction in many Texas districts, by the time schools reopen students with disabilities will have spent a significant time in some form of at-home or online educational activities. While schools have made significant efforts to provide IEP and Section 504 plan services on an at-home basis, not every service has been able to be provided or with the same quality as services provided in-person in the school setting. The result may be that a variety of students will need compensatory services due to the COVID-19 school closures. This session examines the guidance documents of the U.S. Department of Education guidance and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to review all the potential issues that may arise in this area, including the terminology to use with these services, the role of the ARD committee in making the decisions, the key sources of data in making COVID comp decisions, the impact of parents’ potential failure to take advantage of remote services offered by schools, the types of students least likely to participate in and benefit from online instruction, the differences and interplay between ESY and COVID comp, relevant caselaw doctrines in the area of comp services, the proper timing of COVID comp decision-making, the qualitative vs. quantitative approach to determining amount of COVID comp, documenting offers of COVID comp in ARDC meetings, options for implementing the services, COVID comp and IDEA students who just graduated, dyslexia services issues, related services issues, the potential need for formal reevaluation, handling situations where parents decline the comp services, and the impact of parents’ decisions to opt out of live instruction when schools reopen, among others. The session will also provide practical ideas for making the COVID comp determinations with common-sense approaches and a logical decision-making sequence.

Important Session Information:

This session will not be recorded. Session links and handouts will be emailed to participants the day before the session (Aug. 11) and the morning of the session (Aug. 12). 

Dimension 1.3: Knowledge of Students, Dimension 2.4: Differentiation

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(2) CPE
Seats Available:
Contact Person:
Janeia Vorderkunz
Jose L. Martín, Attorney at Law
Date Time Location
8/12/2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Online Location

ESC Region 12 | 2101 West Loop 340 | Waco TX 76712 | 254-297-1212