Excerpt from Disability Rights Maryland’s Guidance on Special Education and Your Child with an IEP During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Brief Guide for Parents.
As parents throughout Maryland begin the process of negotiating “continuity of learning” plans for their children with disabilities, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) offers the following information and suggestions to assist parents in the process.
According to guidance issued by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on April 2, 2020, http://marylandpublicschools.org/programs/Documents/SpecialEd/TAB/20-01-ServingchildrenunderCOVID-19Pandemic.pdf, it is not necessary for the local school system to convene an IEP meeting IF you and your school staff can agree on the services your child will receive during this time that schools are closed. If you cannot come to an agreement, however, an IEP meeting should be scheduled. The meeting will be convened virtually, but must be convened in a way that allows you to participate. You should receive all meeting documents ahead of time.