Iowa

Learn more about what Iowa is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 FAQ Sheet

Summary: Iowa provides a general FAQ document discussing distance learning. It includes links for parents with more specific questions regarding special education distance learning, describes the methods by which schools provide equitable opportunities for students, policy regarding virtual IEP meetings and additional services that schools must provide for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 FAQ Sheet: Educator Preparation

Summary: Iowa provides an FAQ document for educators that discusses distance learning. This guidance specifically addresses distance learning adjustments required for special education instructors and virtual testing procedures for special education students.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Recovery Services for Learners Receiving IDEA Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Summary: The Iowa Department of Education addressed frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 Recovery Services for Learners
Receiving IDEA Services including funding and how IEP teams should address these services. 

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic Distance Learning, IEP

Guidance for Iowa AEAs and School Districts for IDEA During COVID-19 Outbreak

Summary: Iowa created a document that discusses children’s services during school closures and when AEAs or child health specialty clinics are closed due to COVID-19. It discusses potential adjustments to education for students with disabilities based on individual needs, virtual alternative assessments for students with disabilities and the provision of virtual IEP meetings.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Placement Decisions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document is intended to help IEP teams clarify the factors to be considered when determining placement during continuous learning/virtual and hybrid delivery of general and special education.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Return-to-Learn Special Education

Summary: The Iowa Department of Education developed a web page with resources that offer additional considerations and support for special education/equity due to the current COVID-19 crisis that should be noted in any Return-to-Learn Plan. The web page includes resources on transition, virtual learning, IEPs and engaging with families.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Continuous Learning Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: The special education section of this document provides information regarding IEP services during distance learning. Specifically, it highlights requirements for the provision of IEP services at home for educators, different virtual methods of providing instruction for students with disabilities, information for telephonic or virtual IEP meetings, and alternative learning methods for students with disabilities participating in distance learning.

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning

COVID-19 Recovery Services for Learners Receiving IDEA Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Summary: This document provides information on the inclusion of COVID-19 recovery services for students with disabilities on students’ IEPs. Specifically, it discusses COVID-related issues that would make a student eligible for recovery services, what recovery services due to COVID-19 may entail, how to adjust students’ IEP to include these recovery services, and methods to provide recovery services to low-income families

Operated by: Iowa Department of Education

Topic: IE