Kentucky

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

COVID-19 Response:

Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19

Summary: Kentucky created a Q&A document pertaining to services for children with disabilities during COVID-19. It includes strict guidelines to provide families with legal information and paperwork pertaining to students with disabilities and the legal process by which IEPs can be adjusted to accommodate necessary COVID-19-related adjustments.

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Letter Regarding IEP Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: Kentucky created an informational letter that was sent to parents and families of students with IEPs. This letter reassures parents that schools must continue to provide specialized services for students with disabilities as dictated by an IEP. It also lists resources for parents with additional questions about receiving IEP assistance during online instruction.

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Telehealth from Community Agencies Working in Kentucky Public Schools During COVID

Summary: Kentucky created a document containing resources for telehealth providers. These resources include legal requirements for providing telehealth services to students with disabilities and potential telehealth services and platforms.

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) Reopening Plan 2020-2021

Summary: This document provides re-opening instructions specific for individuals attending the Kentucky School for the Deaf. It includes specific measures to assist individuals with deafness, such as computer programs and additional assistive technology for individuals choosing to participate in distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as additional cleaning procedures for already present assistive technology for in-person learning. It also requires that teachers provide students with deafness with the least restrictive learning environment regardless of location. 

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Assistive Technology

Updated Covid-19: Answers to FAQs for Kentucky’s Schools and Districts

Summary: This Q&A document provides information for educators and parents regarding whether students with disabilities should return to in-person instruction, providing specifications based on the student’s disability and level-of-risk. Additionally, this document discusses holding IEP meetings during COVID-19, emphasizing the need to make accommodations for online meetings, providing instructions for online meetings with students with disabilities, and highlighting COVID-19-related IEP updates that may be necessary. 

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Q&A for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Summary: This document emphasizes steps that the Kentucky Department of Education has taken to provide the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It discusses IEP adjustments for students with disabilities, as well as potential compensatory learning services that may be requested or required on a student’s IEP. It also provides resources for families of students with disabilities participating in distance learning, as well as advice for families on determining whether their child should return to school. It finally discusses communication methodology with parents and families of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Family Engagement, Distance Learning

Preparing for Reopening in January 2021

Summary: This document discusses recommendations for students with disabilities regarding whether they should participate in distance learning or return to in-person instruction. It describes the CDC’s recommendations for different disabilities that may cause a student to be at particularly high-risk. It also defines requirements for distance learning, discussing accommodations that educators must make for students with disabilities choosing this option

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning 

COVID-19 Resources for Special Education and Early Learning

Summary: This web page provides both state and federal resources for students with disabilities. These resources include information on re-opening schools, addressing parental concerns regarding this issue. It also discusses dispute resolution procedures for students with an IEP who want to seek alternative or different methods of education. It informs families of both federal and state-level IEP requirements for virtual IEP meetings and for the provision of IEP services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

KDE COVID-19 Guidance 2.0

Summary: This document highlights considerations for returning to in-person learning for students with disabilities. It include adjusting IEPs to include hybrid or continued distance learning requirements, contingency plans for shifting pandemic considerations, and the provision of assistive technology to students with disabilities. It also discusses where students can find assistive technology if necessary. 

Operated by: Kentucky Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Assistive Technology, Distance Learning