COVID-19 Special Education Resources

Due to health concerns around COVID-19 in Massachusetts, school districts will be providing remote learning opportunities for all students during school closures.  Parents of students with special needs should contact their school district or special education administrator to ask about the special education services that will be provided to their student during this crisis.

School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, yet ” … during this national emergency, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided.” (US DOE, March 21, 2020)

 “… districts should make every effort to use creative strategies to provide special education instruction and services to the extent feasible. Moreover, any educational opportunities offered to the general student population, including enrichment activities and resources, must be made accessible to students with disabilities. ” (DESE, FAQ, March 26, 2020)

The Federation for Children with Special Needs has advocated for students to receive special education services  as required under IDEA and MA law during this time.

DESE COVID-19 Website

On the DESE COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators are resources and information from the Department, the U.S. Department of Education, and other sources regarding special education in the COVID-19 environmentPlease note that this page includes information that is supplemental to the resources and guidance regarding education for all students that is published on the Department’s website at DESE COVID-19 Information and Resources. Includes:

  • Guidance Regarding Instruction and Services for Students with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Environment

  • Family Resources and Information

  • Timelines

  • Procedural Safeguards

  • Information from Special Education Directors’ Meetings (PowerPoint Presentations and Recordings)

U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 website

FCSN Video Recordings