Q - Do schools need to provide compensatory services for a student with an IEP due to the school closure?
A - There may be circumstances where an IEP team needs to consider whether there is a need for compensatory education. This decision is made on an individual basis.
Q - When schools reopen, but a student with an IEP is absent for an extended period due to contracting the coronavirus, is the school required to provide compensatory education once the student returns to school?
A - Yes, per MDE, compensatory education may need to be provided upon the student’s return to school, or when their quarantine period has ended.
Q - If a district needs to convene an IEP team meeting during this period of school closure, what options does the school have to meeting?
A - A district may consider scheduling a virtual IEP team meeting along with other meeting formats (e.g. face-to-face or a combination of face-to-face and virtual). This decision must be made on a case-by-case basis and must include the parent.
Q - What do we do if the annual IEP comes due during the school closure period?
A - At this time, IEP timelines cannot be extended and will result in an untimely data submission. MDE will issue a Data Alert, however this will not result in Corrective Action.
Q - What should a school/district do if the re-evaluation timeline cannot be met due the school closure period?
A - MDE guidance suggests that the school request an extension of the evaluation timeline through use of an Agreement to Extend Evaluation Timeline document. MDE will issue Data Alerts for annual IEPs 3-year re-evaluations not completed within the 3-year timeline due to mandatory school closure resulting from COVID-19, however, Corrective Action will not be issued.