Week 1 – November 4th, 2021 Theme: New Guidance Interpreting Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

On 9/30/21, OSEP released the latest document in their “Return to School Roadmap” series entitled, “Development and Implementation of IEPs in the LRE under the IDEA.” This 41-page document provides guidance on issues like compensatory services, ESY, transition, placement and more. https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/return-to-school-roadmap-development-and-implementation-of-ieps/#_Toc83713873,citem_f094-84de

Week 2 – November 10th, 2021 Theme: Webinar Helping Explain the Return to School Roadmap

On 10/21/21, OSEP conducted a webinar to help explain the recently released “OSERS Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of IEPs.” If you didn’t get a chance to attend the webinar, check it out here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIsQPbhB65w

Week 3 – November 18th, 2021 Theme: Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs

One of the priorities outlined in the Return to School Roadmap is “Addressing the Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs of Children with Disabilities.” Check out this resource addressing challenges and recommendations for states and school leaders. https://www2.ed.gov/documents/students/supporting-child-student-social-emotional-behavioral-mental-health.pdf

Week 4 – November 24th, 2021 Theme: Resource for Parents on Returning to In-Person Learning

If you are supporting families that are contemplating returning their child to school, this checklist might be helpful from the OSEP Return to School Roadmap: “A Resource For Parents On Returning To In-Person Learning.” https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/return-to-school-roadmap-development-and-implementation-of-ieps/