Survey on Compensatory Services from COPAA

by | Nov 4, 2021 | Advocacy and Legal, Education, Family Support, Opportunities for Input, Therapies

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Please complete the COPAA Survey on COVID Related Compensatory Services 

As a result of COVID-19 and associated school closures and disruptions to learning, students with disabilities have faced numerous obstacles in obtaining a free and appropriate education (FAPE). As many students return to in-person schooling for the 2021-22 school year, there exists a strong body of evidence that demonstrates that school closures had a significant and disproportionately negative impact on students with disabilities[i]. These impacts included learning loss, slower than expected progress on educational goals, and lost skills, among others. Students with disabilities may also face new challenges as a result of Long COVID complications, closures, and less-than-optimal or non-existent learning environments.

Many state departments of education issued guidance to the local educational agencies they oversee on the topic of compensatory services in the wake of COVID-19 closures. In September 2021, ED issued updated guidance to provide greater clarity to schools, parents, and other stakeholders regarding state and district obligations regarding IEP development and implementation. Clarifying that IEP teams generally must consider the need to provide compensatory services to students, the guidance helps IEP teams navigate decisions regarding compensatory services and is very clear about what funds can be used to pay for compensatory services, including funds available through IDEA Part B and the K-12 education stimulus funding recently provided by Congress to states and districts. 

COPAA asks members and colleagues, especially parents and guardians of students with disabilities, to participate in a brief survey to help us better understand student needs with respect to compensatory services and how your school/district/state is responding to these needs. Click here to participate in the survey.

Complete Survey by November 9th

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