Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

Dear families and community members,

These are uncertain and challenging times. While information changes day-to-day, we would like to share a variety of resources that may be helpful to you.

To start, Child Mind Institute’s web site has many resources to help parents and their children cope with the COVID-19 crisis, plus a helpful daily tip. For more information and to sign up for the daily email, go to Child Mind Institute.

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At the most recent Darien Public Schools Board of Education meeting there was an update on the delivery of Special Education and Related Services during the current school closure. Below you will find the questions Darien SEPAC sent to BOE members prior to the meeting, and a video link to the meeting:

  • How will virtual special education support services be individualized and delivered?
  • What is the expectation for communication and service delivery from case managers, psychologists and school-based therapists?
  • How will students receive services from IEP mandated private contractors? Will the district assume financial responsibility to facilitate video/virtual access to these providers?
  • At what point will PPTs resume? Will video/remote conferencing be the standard practice until district schools reopen?
  • Will IEP mandated assistive technology, visual aids and other learning materials be accessible to students?
  • How will DPS track special education service delivery and data on IEP goals? Will this affect the record keeping for Excess Cost Reimbursement?

BOE Meeting – March 16, 2020


Below are some helpful links and updates from Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and Special Education Equity For Kids of Connecticut (SEEK) on school closures and children’s right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak

US Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet

SEEK Letter to Commissioner of Education

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closed My Child’s School: Is the School Required to Make Up Missed Services?

Connecticut Parent Advisory Center (CPAC)

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