Guidance issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that school districts “must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students.” The Department specifically noted, students with disabilities, particularly preschool-age students and those with significant and complex needs, should be prioritized for receiving in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year.
The Department advised, “these students should receive as much in-person instruction as is feasible within the health and safety parameters in effect at each particular time. Even if schools or districts are operating in a hybrid or remote model, educators and administrators must make every effort to continue to provide up to full-time in-person instruction to such students.” (italics added for emphasis) While noting, "if in-person instruction cannot be provided and students with disabilities must receive instruction remotely in full, or in part, through a hybrid model," then schools must deliver services through an “Instruction and Services model of delivery” which includes (but is not limited to):
The guidance clearly states, "students must receive all services documented in their IEPs through in-person instruction, remote instruction, or a combination of both, with a strong emphasis on providing in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible, while abiding by the current necessary health and safety requirements." If the District is unable to bring in all students for in-person students than the following groups of students will be prioritized under our hybrid and remote plans:
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