Special Education Legal Updates After 18 Months of COVID-19: Avoiding Claims and Enabling Learning1 hour 30 minutes
Public education in the US experienced a collective trauma over the last 18 months, enduring COVID-19’s impact on instruction. The crisis forced changes to instructional methods, impacted IEP implementation, raised questions about student mental health, and caused educators to re-think public education. While some students thrived during virtual and hybrid instruction, others — particularly students in special education with more significant needs — did not receive significant educational benefit or experience anticipated progress.
Schools now face another year filled with uncertainty, but the lessons learned while managing special education during the past 18 months can help you effectively plan for the 2021-2022 school year, avoid or limit legal claims, and most importantly, enable learning progress for our most disabled students.
Join nationally recognized Education Law litigator and professor John Comegno, Esq. as he provides practical suggestions for navigating these and other cutting-edge special education legal questions:
- What is the most important legal issue to consider while re-opening school this year?
- Do you need to provide more services to “make up” for hybrid/virtual learning?
- Why does Child Find mean more now than ever?
- What is “COVID-19-LD” eligibility and how can you avoid improper eligibility determinations through best practices?
- Does a diagnosis of “Long Covid” automatically require an IEP or a Section 504 plan?
- What worked well last year? Should we embrace some change related to special education?
- How can you defend “comp ed” claims most effectively?
- Is social emotional learning different now, and what does that mean for the future of instruction?
DISCLAIMER: Frontline Education does not provide legal advice. Always consult your district’s legal counsel.
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Disclaimer: Frontline Education does not provide legal advice. Always consult your district’s counsel about the issues discussed in this webinar.