Special Education and COVID19                                  RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

To slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hawaii, Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto announced that Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools will be closed until April 30, 2020, with no traditional in-person instructional activities until the reopening of school facilities. The purpose of this guidance document is to address modifications in the educational programming and services needed as a result of the necessary prolonged school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This document supersedes prior guidance on the same topic.

If the LEA is continuing to provide instruction to the general school population, IEP Teams must determine which services can be provided to appropriately meet individual students’ needs. IEP Teams may meet via teleconference to make individual determinations whether some or all of a student’s identified services can be provided through alternative or additional methods. Appropriate personnel must make similar considerations and take similar actions regarding students who have a 504 plan and students parentally placed in private schools who have service plans.

During the facilities' closure, the HIDOE schools will continue to provide learning opportunities through both online and paper packet enrichment activities to all students. To provide students, including students with disabilities, equal access to these enrichment activities, school should focus on what can be done to achieve appropriate and responable supports. Schools must, to the greatest extent possible provide teh special education and related services identified in the student's IEP and 504 Plan. This means focusing on what is appropriate and reasonable for all students. 

Schools must, to the greatest extent possible, provide the special education and related services identified in the students' IEP or Section 504 plan. This means focusing on what is appropriate and reasonable. The use of telepractice as a service delivery model for related services should be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

School shall conduct IEP meetings virtually using secured WebEx or conference calls. In the case where a parent/legal guradian or any other team member does not have online platform capabilities, they may call into the virtual meeting via telephone.