|We are doing our best to keep our clients informed of the ever-changing rules and regulations surrounding special education and related services. Here are a few things to keep in mind this week:|
1. Remote services: We are pleased to report that as of April 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education temporarily modified the rule pertaining to the remote provision of related services, and stated: “during an extended public health-related school closure, related services to students with disabilities shall be provided through electronic communications, virtual, remote, or other online platforms, as appropriate and as required by the student’s IEP to the greatest extent possible.”
2. Waivers: Some districts are requiring that parents sign waivers before they will provide special education and related services. Please be aware that some of these waivers would prohibit you from later filing a due process petition claiming that the district denied your child a free appropriate public education, or even seeking compensatory education when school resumes. We encourage you to seek legal advice before signing any such waiver.
3. Advocacy: We have been working hard to collaborate and advocate for our clients who are not being provided appropriate education or related services remotely. Here is a copy of the letter to Governor Murphy, which was sent on behalf of many special education practitioners, including us.
4. Emergency funding: “The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities has modified an existing contract with The Arc of New Jersey in response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic. The Arc of NJ will be processing requests from any individuals with I/DD, their families and any qualified community-based organizations that provide supports to people with developmental disabilities, who are affected by the statewide Coronavirus response.” The deadline is April 15, and clients tell us the application is easy. Please click this link for more information.
Our office has been working well remotely. It remains our priority to keep everyone safe, while zealously advocating for our clients. Fortunately, technology has allowed us to do this without missing a beat. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education during this time of virtual learning. You can call Melissa at 973-376-7733, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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