Guidance on Services During Restricted Access to Schools and Community Services

NTACT is aware that state and local education and service providers are challenged by the current health concerns, closings,restrictions, and fluid reoping plans associated with COVID19. Guidance documents from the U.S. Department of Education and other relevant federal agencies are posted below.  The U.S. Department of Education's mailbox for COVID-19 related questions is COVID-19@ed.gov. If questions are related to students with disabilties, please indicate "IDEA" in the subject line when submitting the email. Be sure to reference the federal guidance and your own state's guidance regarding the provision of services. 

Please see general guidance from the US Department of Education and its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, as well as specific State guidance through the website of the National Center on Systemic Improvement  

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz held a stakeholder teleconference with vocational rehabilitation agencies and other grantees to share their questions and concerns about the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the challenges it poses for vocational rehabilitation agencies and the delivery of services. Please access the OSERS website to obtain the recording and transcript of this teleconference from the March 30 event.

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials' April newsletter focuses on federal guidance and resources regarding COVID-19. 

The Center for Disease Control has posted a series of ASL interpreted and captioned videos on COVID-19, including one focused on keeping students safe while out of school. CDC's School Reopening Guidelines

NPR 4 Minute Listen and Article as Schools Prepare for Re-Entry

Additional resources, specific to transition-age students and youth are linked to or posted below.