What Happens to my Child's IEP During the COVID-19 Crisis?
Authored By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
If your child has an IEP, the school still has to follow the IEP as closely as possible while the schools are closed.
Whatever instruction and services a school is providing to their students must be made available to students with disabilities in an accessible format. For example, if your child has a disability that makes online instruction inappropriate, the instruction must be adapted to their needs.
While parents and caregivers will need to be flexible, your child still has the right to get as many of their necessary services as possible.
Your child’s IEP content, goals, and services should not be reduced just because the schools are closed.
You do not have to agree to change, waive or amend anything in your child’s IEP during this time. The school cannot take away services from your student without changing the IEP.
If your child is struggling, you should:
- notify the school in writing that the current setup is not working and your child is not progressing on their IEP goals.
- ask for an IEP meeting to discuss services or technology that will work for your child, or ask in writing for specific services for your child.
- keep records of the school’s response and detail how and what they are willing to provide to your child.
If it’s not possible to meet your child’s needs during this time, the school district should provide your child with additional services at a later date, after schools reopen. This is called compensatory education. An attorney or advocate may be able to help you through this process.
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