Kansas

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

COVID-19 Response:

Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: Kansas provides an updated FAQ document pertaining to legal aspects of school closures and distance learning. Specifically, it discusses new applicable laws and legal adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the provision of special education services in Kansas schools, as well as how schools should adjust distance learning to adhere to legal requirements.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Continuous Learning Task Force Guidance

Summary: Kansas created a document that provides general distance learning guidance. It requires that schools provide students with IEPs materials required by IEP plans, and adjust IEP plans to accommodate COVID-19 related complications, if necessary. It also requires teachers to modify instructional materials to help students with disabilities access instructional information.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Documenting Frequency, Location, and Duration of Accommodations and Modifications on the IEP

Summary: This document developed by the Kansas Department of Education provides examples of IEP modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, it addresses the frequency, location and duration of accommodations and modifications on the IEP.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Kansas State Department of Education Guidance on Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the Kansas Special Educational Children Act during COVID-19

Summary: Kansas provides a FAQ document pertaining to legal aspects of school closures and distance learning. Specifically, it discusses applicable laws and legal adjustments for the provision of special education services in Kansas schools, as well as how schools should adjust distance learning to adhere to legal requirements.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Navigating Change Resources

Summary: The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) created a web page that shares a wide variety of resources that can be helpful in implementing local Navigating Change plans. The web page is to support the guidance provided by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Operated by: Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

School Year 2020-21 Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act for Reopening Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: The Kansas Department of Education released guidance on how schools can maintain compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act for Reopening Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidance answers frequently asked questions such as how to create the least restrictive environment or how the IEP team is to make a decision about distance vs. in person learning.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Navigating Change: Kansas’ Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations

Summary: The Kansas Department of Education’s re-opening plan, as adjusted in late November, includes information for students with disabilities at the primary, middle, and secondary levels of education. They discuss adjusting IEPs to new outcomes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as providing alternative means of distance learning for students with disabilities. They also emphasize the need to allow certain students with disabilities to continue to participate in distance learning after schools return to in-person instruction, due to additional COVID-related risks. Finally, the document includes countless mental health recommendations and resources for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning, Mental Health

Kansas Special Education Process Handbook: Chapters 10 and 11

Summary: These sections of the Kansas Special Education Process Handbook provide additional guidance for students with disabilities seeking mediation or seeking to complain about special education services while distance learning. It provides a formal complaint process, as well as information on scheduling virtual discussions with KSDE special education staff. 

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

KSDE Transition Webinar Series

Summary: KSDE is sponsoring monthly online transition webinars for students with disabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars discuss potential postgraduation opportunities for students with disabilities in Kansas, as well as various organizations who may provide transition assistance to students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Kansas Department of Education

Topic: Transition

Resources for Children and Families

Summary: This document serves as a resource list for state-level and national-level mental health resources that specifically focus on youth. These resources include both best practices for youth mental health and programs to improve youth mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Topic: Mental Health

Navigating Next

Summary: This document provides guidance for reentering full-time in-person learning in Kansas public schools. It notes additional IEP requirements, listing considerations for additional disability-related needs upon returning to in-person learning. The document requires that IEP service providers have an additional meeting to update IEPs. It also lists resources and best practices for adjusting postsecondary transition plans to COVID-related considerations. Furthermore, the document stresses the importance of mental health throughout the return-to-learn process. Finally, the document lists best practices and multiple means by which special education service providers should engage families of students with disabilities in decisions for their child’s education. 

Operated by: Kansas State Department of Education

Topic: Transition, IEP, Mental Health, Family Engagement

Mental Health Resources

Summary: This document provides mental health resources for Kansans during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include hotlines, resources, and advice for providing mental health for youth and children.

Operated by: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Topic: Mental Health